DRINKING FROM THE DEPTHS (Part four)

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HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div                                                                                   

 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.” Psalm 78:15

The Everlasting Word of God

Now there is one thing that always arrests me in the Bible. It is that the Bible is such an ancient book, and yet is so intensely modern and practical. Think of the ages which have fled since it was written and how “heaven and earth have passed away” since then; think of our cities and of the life we live in them and of the stress and strain unknown in the quiet Bible times. To me, it is wonderful, when I reflect upon it, that the Bible should be of any use at all now, and should not rather have moved into the quiet of libraries to be the joy of the unworldly scholar.

But if there is one thing certain it is this—the Bible meets the need of modern life. In spite of all criticism, as a practical guide, there is no book to touch it. There is not a problem you are called to face and not a duty you are called to do; there is not a cross you are compelled to carry and not a burden you are forced to bear, but your strength for it all shall be as the strength of ten if you make a daily companion of your Bible. Now, this is what you feel about the Bible, that it never offers a draught from shallow waters. You do not find there a set of petty maxims, but you find the everlasting love of God there. You do not find any shallow views of sin there, but a Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. And that is the secret of the Bible’s permanence, when our little systems have had their day and ceased to be, then for sin and sorrow and life and death and duty, it gives us to drink as out of the great depths.

TO BE CONTINUED ………

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