Asleep in the Boat

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Years ago a young guide at Niagara Falls had nothing to do, so he moored his boat well above the cataract, lay down in it and fell asleep. He thought he had tied the boat securely, but with its constant swaying the knot came undone. With the sleeping occupant, the boat began to drift with the current. Spectators on the shore, seeing his danger, yelled at him trying to awaken him, so that he could save himself while the current was not too rapid. He did not hear their cries.

At one point in the boat’s progress it was grounded on a rock in midstream. Seeing the boat pause, the by-standers increased their efforts to awaken the sleeping man. They yelled, “Get on the rock! Get on the rock!” But he slumbered on, still oblivious to his peril. With the movement of the waters, the boat was soon cleared from the rock, and headed for the falls. The poor man awoke when he heard the thundering roar of the waterfall but he was too late to reach safety.

How appalling! Asleep in the boat! Calmly and unconsciously drifting into the jaws of death!

This illustrates the indifference of people today! Many, unconcerned about their eternal destiny, are fast asleep in their sin, perhaps lulled by earthly pleasures, or soothed into false confidence by their dependence on a blameless life or religious profession. ALL ASLEEP IN THE BOAT!

“…The god of this age (Satan) has blinded, (those) who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Are you safely moored to the Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ, or are you drifting into danger? Have you trusted Him as your Saviour, or are you carried along with the broad, rapid current of a world that is fast approaching destruction? If you are still not saved, will you wake up to your danger of going on without Christ? If you keep putting off the salvation of your soul for a future day, you may suddenly wake up too late. You may find yourself taking that last fatal plunge over the brink into the dark waters of death and the fearful woes of a lost eternity.

“Awake, you who sleep” (Ephesians 5:14).

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Bible Truth Publishers

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