Monday, October 23, 2017

Only One Life

I listened to a sermon recently where the pastor asked what we were doing with the treasures, time and talents God has given us. One day, we as believers will stand before God and have to give an account of what we did with what He gave us. 

Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 

I think for me personally, the hard part is not so much not knowing what God wants me to do with what He has given me, but rather that I let myself get so easily distracted and side tracked. 

God has given me the talent of writing and I believe with all my heart that He wants me to use it to share the truths of His Word and the good news of the gospel. 

He so fills my heart and thoughts with His Word that often I simply have to drop whatever I’m doing and let it flow out into my journal or behind the computer. Since I have experienced the joy of His salvation, and that there is no better way to live but with Him as my Lord and Guide, I have no greater desire than to share it with others and point others to Him. 

Every time I talk to someone who believes the Bible is the Word of God and that Jesus is the Son of God, but neither the Word of God or the Son of God is meant for them, my passion and purpose and resolve is renewed to share the truth with them. 

I may not be able to open their eyes to the truth, but I have full confidence in God and His Word who can. 

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. John 14:6 

By nature we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but that’s not where the story ends. God has made a way, whereby we can once again be reconciled to Him. 

There is hope for us, and His name is JESUS. 

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15 

There are only two responses to the unspeakable gift that God has given us. We can either receive Him or reject Him. 

He came unto his own, and his own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: John 1:11-12 

That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:15 

I so want to use my treasures, time and talents for His honour and glory and under His direction that when my life draws to a close, I can say with Paul: 

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2 Timothy 4:7 

And let it be said of us: 

Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:23 

What we do, whether good or evil, can have a much greater impact then you think. For example, according to blogger statistics, one of the top countries that consistently reads my blog is Russia. I don't personally know anyone in Russia, but who knows what God is doing there? What I do know is that God’s Word is alive, and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. 

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, Hebrews 4:12a 

And it never returns to Him void. 

So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 

And although it may at times feels discouraging and fruitless when we don’t see any immediate results with our own eyes, God encourages us with these words: 

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:6 

What are you doing with the treasures, time and talents God has given you? Remember, we have only one life and it will soon be past and only what’s done for Christ will last. 

Only One Life, Twill Soon Be Past 
Poem by C.T. Studd

Two little lines I heard one day, 
Traveling along life’s busy way; 
Bringing conviction to my heart, 
And from my mind would not depart; 

Only one life, twill soon be past, 
Only what’s done for Christ will last. 
Only one life, yes only one, 
Soon will its fleeting hours be done; 

Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, 
And stand before His Judgement seat; 
Only one life,’twill soon be past, 
Only what’s done for Christ will last. 

Only one life, the still small voice, 
Gently pleads for a better choice 
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, 
And to God’s holy will to cleave; 

Only one life, ’twill soon be past, 
Only what’s done for Christ will last. 
Only one life, a few brief years, 
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears; 

Each with its clays I must fulfill, 
living for self or in His will; 
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, 
Only what’s done for Christ will last. 

When this bright world would tempt me sore, 
When Satan would a victory score; 
When self would seek to have its way, 
Then help me Lord with joy to say; 

Only one life, ’twill soon be past, 
Only what’s done for Christ will last. 
Give me Father, a purpose deep, 
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep; 

Faithful and true what e’er the strife, 
Pleasing Thee in my daily life; 
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, 
Only what’s done for Christ will last. 

Oh let my love with fervor burn, 
And from the world now let me turn; 
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, 
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne; 

Only one life, “twill soon be past, 
Only what’s done for Christ will last. 
Only one life, yes only one, 
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”; 

And when at last I’ll hear the call, 
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”; 
Only one life,’twill soon be past, 
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ” 

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Death Sentence

 “Do you know that by nature we are all under a death sentence?” I turn to my oldest son, and he frowns. “I don’t like thinking about it!” he quickly responds. 

“The Bible actually tells us it’s good to think about it.” I reply.  "Solomon writes: It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart." (Ecclesiastes 7:2) 

The truth is, it is much better to take some time and think about it now, then have to experience it for yourself later. 

Outside of Christ we are all in extreme danger. Although you might not believe it your life can be over in a blink of eye. It may be a car crash, a heart attack, choking, an aneurism, a home invasion, or Jesus’s return. 

The Devil loves it when we are oblivious to the danger we are in, oblivious to the death sentence hanging over us, oblivious to the fact that at any moment our lives here on earth may be over and we need to stand before the judgment seat of God. 

And we all have sinned. 

We are all guilty. 

We are all deserving of eternal death. 

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10 

And outside of Christ there is only everlasting torment and destruction. 

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Thessalonians 1:8 

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Mark 9:44 

If we would but for a moment hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth of those in hell, would we not be filled with fear and horror? 

And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:50 

Would we not take all our time and energy and not rest till we had found a way of escape? 

The Philippian Jailer, when faced with his imminent death had the correct response when he cried out: Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Acts 16:30b 

The people in the book of Acts when they heard of their sin against God and their impending judgement had the correct response when they cried: Men and brethren, what shall we do? Acts 2:37b 

Spurgeon says: 
“If I were doomed to die, and I had a hint of mercy, I am sure I should not set my wits to work to find out reasons why I should not be pardoned. I could leave my enemies to do that: I should be on the look-out in a very different direction. If I were drowning, I should sooner catch at a straw than push a life-belt away from me. 

To reason against one’s own life is a sort of constructive suicide of which only a drunken man would be guilty. To argue against your only hope is like a foolish man sitting on a bough, and chopping it away so as to let himself down. Who but an idiot would do that? Yet many appear to be special pleaders for their own ruin. They hunt the Bible through for threatening texts; and when they have done with that, they turn to reason, and philosophy, and scepticism, in order to shut the door in their own faces. Surely this is poor employment for a sensible man. “ (Spurgeon, Around the Wicket Gate) 

There is only one way we can be saved: 
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12 

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 

He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: John 1:11-12 

Don’t neglect your only Hope. Don’t reject Him. Believe in Him! Receive Him! 

Are you afraid that is presumptuous? Then remember, you can’t steal a free gift! You can however neglect Him and reject Him and pay eternal consequences. 

For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 

For How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; Hebrews 2:3a 

And for those of us who have received Him and believe on Him what better way to spend thanksgiving than reflecting on this unspeakable Gift. The unspeakable Gift that changed everything. 

 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable Gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pursue the Knowledge of God

I’ve been studying the book of Job these past weeks and am now nearing the end. The deeper I dig into the Word of God the more fascinating it is and the more I learn about God. Yet, God is so great, that we as human beings can only comprehend a small whisper of Him. 

Job 26:14 
Lo, these are parts of His ways: but how little a portion is heard of Him? but the thunder of His power who can understand? 

The New King James Version translates it like this: 
Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, 
And how small a whisper we hear of Him! 
But the thunder of His power who can understand?” Job 26:14 

Job himself also gained a much deeper understanding about God through his trials and it was really striking to me what Job says to God in the last chapter of the book: 

Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that Thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from Thee. Job 42:1 

Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Job 42:2b 

I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:5-6 

All of Job’s feelings and frustrations and even anger and confusion evaporated when God revealed Himself to Job. Instead he becomes so shaken by how great God is that he abhors himself and repents in dust and ashes. 

The same goes for us. When we pursue the knowledge of God and God reveals Himself to us by His Word and Spirit, we too become shaken by the contrast. 

Spurgeon says it so well when he writes: 
 "Note that contrast; note it always. 
 Observe how weak we are, how strong He is; 
 how proud we are, how condescending (great) He is; 
 how erring we are, and how infallible He is; 
 how changing we are, and how immutable He is; 
 how provoking we are, and how forgiving He is. 
 Observe how in us there is only ill, and how in Him there is only good. 
 Yet our ill but draws his goodness forth, and still he blesseth. 
 Oh! What a rich contrast!" 

Let us purse the knowledge of God and follow on to know the Lord. 

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. Hosea 6:3

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24 

And then the more we know Him, the more our trust in Him and our love for Him grows. 

Psalm 18:1-2 
I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. 
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; 
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 

Psalm 131 
Lord, my heart is not haughty, 
nor mine eyes lofty: 
neither do I exercise myself in great matters, 
or in things too high for me. 
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, 
as a child that is weaned of his mother: 
my soul is even as a weaned child. 
Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

You Can Go Your Own Way - But Don't.

When I was young I used to listen and sing along to a popular pop sang that went like this: 

“You can go your own way, 
Go your own way,” 

And I intended to do exactly that. 

Plus, I was Will. And where there’s a Will there’s a way right? 

When I wanted something I didn’t let anything slow me down or stop me. 

One example of this was my first car. I knew exactly what I wanted and I was not going to rest till I got it. I wanted a Honda Civic hatchback and it had to be red. It also could only be the 1995 model. The 96 and up model was different and I didn’t like it and any older was too old. It also had to be a standard not an automatic. 

(You see, I had just turned 17 and wanted to be cool and fit in so I went to river parties. Now I would drink a few swigs here and there of some girly alcoholic beverage but the truth was it was more of a pretense than anything else, as I simply couldn’t stomach alcohol that well. 
Since I was one of the few with the least to drink I was often given the role of designated driver for one of my much more inebriated friends. The problem was that I couldn’t drive standard so more than once I was in the passenger seat steering a vehicle that one of my drunk friends was driving at incredible speeds, hoping that somehow we would both make it home alive. So for this reason, learning to drive standard was a must for me.) 

After much scouring of newspaper adds and Buy and Sell magazines I finally found exactly what I was looking for. The problem was that it was nowhere near where we lived and my Dad refused (for good reason too) to drive for hours to look at a car with me when there was plenty of good options nearby. I didn’t let that stop me though. Instead, I talked my brother-in-law and my boss at that time, and between the two of them I found a way to get the car I wanted. 

Where there’s a Will there was a way. 

And that’s just one small example of my incredible willfulness. 

But God.

Looking back now I am so thankful that God didn’t leave me to continue on my own way. Because you know where that way would have lead me? 

To destruction. 

Matthew 7:13b Broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 

And if God didn’t intervene in my life I would still be happily running down that road – blissfully and naively unaware of the danger I was in. 

Why am I sharing this now? To make myself look good? Obviously not, because there is nothing attractive about extreme willfulness. And the truth is that left to ourselves there is none good, no not one. 

Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 

The reason I feel compelled to share this is that God commands us to make know His deeds among the peoples and I love to share about God and how great He is! 

Psalm 105:1-5a O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His Name: make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord, and His strength: seek His face evermore. Remember His marvellous works that He hath done; 

Because of Him, I no longer desire to go my own way. Instead one of my favourite verses that I now live by and cling to is Proverbs 3:5-6 
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; 
and lean not unto thine own understanding. 
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, 
and He shall direct thy paths. 

You notice it doesn’t say He might direct our paths. It says He shall. 

And He will. 

And He does. 

And although it is true that God’s way is narrow, it is also straight. And I so much rather walk a straight and narrow path that leads to life than the broad way of my own wilful foolishness, that ends only in everlasting destruction. 

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 

And you know what is so great about doing things God’s way? His way is perfect. 

Psalm 18:30a As for God, His way is perfect

You can't really go wrong with perfect can you?

He is the one who calls us out of darkness into His marvellous light! 

1 Peter 2:9b That ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; 

And you know what? He not only called me. He’s calling you too. Right now. 

Hebrews 3:15 While it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 

Isaiah 65:2
I have stretched out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

His arms are open.

James 4:8a
Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you

There's no maybe. If He says He will, He will.

God doesn't lie or make fake promises. 

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?

He sent His own Son to save us. 

John 3:17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

And yes, that whosoever includes you.

Monday, October 2, 2017

But God,

I got an email today. 

It asked if Jason and I could speak at a senior’s morning. As I thought about this, it struck me how my response was so different than it could’ve been. So different then it would’ve been. So different except for One. 


Twelve years ago I would have reacted in horror. Me speak? No way! Of course I wouldn’t have written those words. But I sure would have thought them in my mind! And then, maybe the next day or the day after that, I would have written a nice email back signing my husband up, but politely refusing to be part of it. I did not and could not and would not speak in front of a group about anything. End of story. 

Or so I thought. 

But the story didn’t end there. 

Two little words, changed it all. 

But God. 

God, who took this fiercely stubborn, independent, yet incredibly reserved girl and slowly, step by step and little by little transformed her by His Holy Spirit. 

The results don’t lie. Only He could change this stubborn, independent girl into someone who became wholly dependent on Him. Only He could strip away my layers of shyness and reserve and fill me with a love so great for Him that my whole being brims with excitement over the thought of sharing about Him with others. 

This God who fearfully and wonderfully made me, and with His Holy Spirit living in me, continues to mold and shape me every day makes all the difference. 

I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14 

But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and Thou our potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand. Isaiah 64:8 

The change in me is truly a miracle. 

I need only to close my eyes and I can still feel the heat rushing over my face as the teacher in high school asked me a simple question. 

How could it be then that today, I am happy and excited and eager to say “Yes, Jason and I would be honored to talk at the Senior’s morning!” ?

Because the truth is that with men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. 

And He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27 

He delights to take the foolish things in the world and amaze the wise. 

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1 Corinthians 1:27 

He has loved me with an everlasting love and with loving-kindness He draws me to Himself. 

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3 

And I will sing of His love forever. 

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 89:1 

How great is our God! 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Living Life Ready

He was ready!

I could see it in the sparkle in his eyes and the confident way he held up his new backpack on his small shoulders. A smile played over his lips and I could feel the excitement radiating through him. 

He had been ready for a long time, but today the day had finally arrived. The day he could get on the school bus and join his older brother at school. Walking up the steep bus steps he never stopped to even glance back in my direction, even though I was desperately trying to swallow back the lump that was forming in my throat. 

My baby was growing up and all though I had mixed feelings about that it did give me comfort to see how ready he was for this new chapter in his life.

Walking back home on my own from the bus stop, I couldn't get his smiling face out of my mind. He sure was ready, and it suddenly struck me that, that was how I wanted to live my life too. Ready.

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44 

I want to live my life with joy and confidence in my Saviour. 
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 

I want to listen and be ready to do whatever God directs and in so doing walking a straight path. 
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 

I want to spend my time on things that matter. 
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 

And use the talents God gives me to do whatever He directs me. 
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us,whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.Romans 12:6-8

 I want to be strong and courageous.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9 

Always abiding in the work of the Lord. 
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 

And I want to live life, ready to die. 
But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: Psalm 31: 14-15a 

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Saturday, August 5, 2017

God's Word

Monday, July 17 
We’re up before the break of dawn to catch our early morning flight out of Port au Prince. It takes the entire 2.5 hours to check in and make it to our gate due to the extreme congestion and inefficiency of the airport. 

When we're finally up in the air I admire the bird's eye view.

After a relatively short flight to Ft. Lauderdale we find our next flight significantly delayed due to a freak storm over the airport.

When we do finally take off we are redirected to fly around what is left of the storm.

The delays cause us to miss our connecting flights; the team to Calgary, and me to Vancouver, but thankfully Air Canada is waiting for us with hotel and food vouchers when we deplane. That night is a short one for us as we need to be up at 3:45 a.m. to catch our 4:00 a.m. shuttle to the airport the following morning.  

Now soaring 38,000 feet over the earth I have all the time I need to piece together blog stories out of the many sentences scrawled messily in my journal.  

For me, the most important part of this trip is the gospel. On one of our final evening devotions we read these words:

"Some think it hard that there should be nothing for them but ruin if they will not believe in Jesus Christ; but if you will think for a minute you will see that it is just and reasonable. 

I suppose there is no way for a man to keep his strength up except by eating. If you were to say, “I will not eat again, I despise such animalism”, you might go to Madeira, or travel in all lands (supposing you lived long enough!), but you would most certainly find that no climate and no exercise would avail to keep you alive if you refused food. Would you then complain, “It is a hard thing that I should die because I do not believe in eating”? 

It is not an unjust thing that if you are so foolish as not to eat, you must die. It is precisely so with believing. “Believe, and thou art saved”. If thou wilt not believe, it is no hard thing that thou shouldst be lost. It would be strange indeed if it were not to be the case.

A man who is thirsty stands before a fountain. “No,” he says, “I will never touch a drop of moisture as long as I live. Cannot I get my thirst quenched in my own way?” We tell him, no; he must drink or die. He says, “I will never drink; but it is a hard thing that I must therefore die. It is a bigoted, cruel thing to tell me so.” He is wrong. His thirst is the inevitable result of neglecting a law of nature. 

You, too, must believe or die; why refuse to obey the command? Drink, man, drink! Take Christ and live. There is the way of salvation, and to enter you must trust Christ; but there is nothing hard in the fact that you must perish if you will not trust the Saviour." (Spurgeon, around the Wicket Gate)

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Matthew 3:14-15

I pray that God's Word that was shared each night with the team and the love we showed in both Word and Deed to the locals may have an eternal impact on their never dying souls. I have faith that God is able, and that His Word will not return to Him void.

So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: 
it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, 
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 
Isaiah 55:11

Friday, August 4, 2017

Freedom in Christ

Friday, July 14 
I wake up at 4:00 a.m. and check the time. Internet has been down for the past 2 days and it still isn’t working. 

I wait a little longer before getting up and enjoy a beautiful sunrise. 

At 6:30 we say goodbye to the Lemuel staff and climb onto the old school bus heading towards Port au Prince. 

The drive is hard to describe. The roads are extremely rough and narrow, dipping through valleys and curving around mountains. 

The scenery is constantly changing and every now and then we catch a glimpse of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. 

At one point a broken down dump truck blocks the road completely so all we can do is wait for the driver to get it going again. Thankfully this does not take too long. 

The first larger city we pass through is Gonaives, and it quickly envelopes us with sounds of blaring music, honking horns, and a cacophony of voices. 

Five hours later we reach a hotel on Haiti's beautiful coastline. We now have a little time to debrief and relax.

In our evening devotions we read about how people can be so foolish as to come up with all kinds of reasons why salvation is not for them.

"In these days, a simple, childlike faith is very rare; but the usual thing is to believe nothing, and question everything. Doubts are as plentiful as blackberries, and all hands and lips are stained with them. To me it seems very strange that men should hunt up difficulties as to their own salvation. 

If I were doomed to die, and I had a hint of mercy, I am sure I should not set my wits to work to find out reasons why I should not be pardoned. I could leave my enemies to do that: I should be on the look-out in a very different direction. 

If I were drowning, I should sooner catch at a straw than push a life-belt away from me. To reason against one’s own life is a sort of constructive suicide of which only a drunken man would be guilty. To argue against your only hope is like a foolish man sitting on a bough, and chopping it away so as to let himself down. Who but an idiot would do that? 

Yet many appear to be special pleaders for their own ruin. They hunt the Bible through for threatening texts; and when they have done with that, they turn to reason, and philosophy, and scepticism, in order to shut the door in their own faces. Surely this is poor employment for a sensible man.

Many nowadays who cannot quite get away from religious thought, are able to stave off the inconvenient pressure of conscience by quibbling over the great truths of revelation. Great mysteries are in the Book of God of necessity; for how can the infinite God so speak that all His thoughts can be grasped by finite man? But it is the height of folly to get discussing these deep things, and to leave plain, soul-saving truths in abeyance.

Thousands are now happy in the Lord through receiving the gospel like little children; while others, who can always see difficulties, or invent them, are as far off as ever from any comfortable hope of salvation. 

I know many very decent people who seem to have resolved never to come to Christ till they can understand how the doctrine of election is consistent with the free invitations of the gospel. I might just as well determine never to eat a morsel of bread till it has been explained to me how it is that God keeps me alive, and yet I must eat to live. The fact is, that we, most of us, know quite enough already, and the real want with us is not light in the head, but truth in the heart; not help over difficulties, but grace to make us hate sin and seek reconciliation.

God has sent His messages to man, telling him the good news of salvation. When a man believes the good news to be true, he accepts the blessing announced to him, and hastens to lay hold upon it. If he truly believes, he will at once take Christ, with all He has to bestow, turn from his present evil ways, and set out for the Heavenly City, where the full blessing is to be enjoyed. He cannot be holy too soon, or too early quit the ways of sin. If a man could really see what sin is, he would flee from it as from a deadly serpent, and rejoice to be freed from it by Christ Jesus." (Spurgeon, Around the Wicket Gate)