From The Depths

From The Depths
From The Depths. 

I took this photo on a still night somewhere near 1980 in the Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. In the dark it looked like a body had washed into the bay and rested near the dock.  With the flash, the photo looks quite a bit different than it did under the mercury lighting in the bay.  It’s like someone reaching to me out of space, parting a galaxy or two.

This reminds me of a text.

(2 Peter 1:3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  

And (2 Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God wants everyone to be saved…. We hear someone pray that God will save them, but he already has placed this plan in motion.  All we have to do is act on it.  Don’t misunderstand me.   We can’t do anything to earn our salvation. It is all the working of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  We do need to obey Him to receive that blessing.

Consider the hand.  Maybe you can picture in your mind God, reaching down to catch the hands of men on Earth to save them.  All we have to do is reach up to grab it and hold on.  If we ignore the hand , , ,  we perish.

He doesn’t want any to perish, but instead, to come to repentance.  Which is necessary for salvation.

He asks us to hear His Gospel, believe what we hear, and that He is who He is and has done, and will do what He says He will do.  Repent of our sins, Confess Him as the Son of God.

He then tells us to be baptized… (Act 2:38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

This is how we reach out to His hand.