The Saving Hand of Our Lord Jesus Christ
One day, an artist with his
teacher went up into the mountains to paint. He set up his easel and began
painting. After a while, he finished. As the painting was quite large, he
backed away from it, to appreciate his beautiful creation from a distance. He
was unaware that he was backing off towards a sheer drop over the cliffs into
the deep ravine below. His teacher saw that he was totally entranced in his own
work, and that there was only one way to save him. He took up some of his
paints and threw them onto the painting, thus destroying it. The artist was
Why did you do it’?” he shouted.
“Go and see where you were
standing just a few seconds ago, replied his teacher.
The artist went back to the spot
where he had been standing, and it was only then that he realized that his
teacher had saved his life.
This story illustrates our
relationship with the Lord and what He does to save us.
When we first believe in God, it
seems that His grace is fresh, new, and living. We dare not neglect His
teachings. But after a period of time we become less alert and begin to slacken
in our faith. Perhaps in pursuing our career we are ensnared by the temptations
of wealth and self-glorification. Gradually we begin to look lightly on the
Truth and the teachings of God, and stray from His loving arms. Intoxicated in
our own success, we fail to realize that we are standing on the edge of a
spiritual precipice and almost falling over. We cannot see the Lord’s anxious
face or hear His loving call anymore. At this point the Lord intervenes, not
willing to see us die spiritually. He reaches out and shatters our beautiful
but dangerous dreams.
Startled, we become angry and
complain to the Lord. We bring all our discontentments to Him and blame them on
Him. For the sake of our shattered pride we doubt God, and question Him: “Why,
It is only when looking back and
considering carefully that we discover how God with His merciful love has saved
us from the deep, dark valley of sin and wickedness.
What we see as trials is actually
the grace of God showered upon us to improve us spiritually. When facing
trials, instead of grumbling to God, let us pray to Him, kneeling before the
throne of grace and asking Him for spiritual strength and wisdom. The Lord
Jesus will wipe away our tears, and we will surely see the light of God shining
radiantly before us.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has
passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our
confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet
without sin. Let us then with condifence draw near to the throne of grace, that
we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need’ (Heb4:14-16).
“For the moment all discipline seems painful
rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to
those who have been trained by it” (Heb 12:11).