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December 6

Ezekiel 27:12-36; Jude 1

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters:... —Ezekiel xxvii. 26.

Look, sirs, you have been resting in your own righteousness; have you never sinned? Take even to-day to pieces; has no evil thought, or wrong desire, or wanton imagination, defiled its hours? Have you never spoken a sinful, unkind, untruthful, or proud word? Do you claim to have been absolutely perfect before your Maker from your childhood? Surely, you must have a brow of brass to make such a boast. What doth He say to you? "There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." "All we like sheep have gone astray." "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Verily, my friend, "Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters." If thou art to be saved by thy works, see where thou art! Any one day thou mayest slip and stumble, and then what becomes of all thy past life?… If this be thy style of standing before God, it is a poor standing indeed…. Come, my friend, canst thou be sure that thou hast done enough, and felt enough, and prayed enough, and given enough alms, and gone a sufficient number of times to the meeting house, or to the church?…

I tell you, sir, that if you have put to sea in the barque of self-righteousness, however strong the rowers who tug those three banks of oars, and make the vessel leap through the waves, the day shall come when you will hear a voice across the waters crying, "Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters…." The voyage is too great for you: shipwreck is sure. May God give you grace to shun the attempt! Flee from your own works to Christ's work. Place your trust where God has placed His love, namely, in the Lord Jesus.

Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1962), pp. 285-286.

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