A drowning boy was struggling in the water. On the shore stood his mother in an agony of fright and grief. By her side stood a strong man seemingly indifferent to the boy’s fate. Again and again the suffering mother appealed to him to save her boy, but he made no move. By and by the desperate struggles of the boy began to abate. He was losing strength. Presently he arose to the surface weak and helpless. At once the man leaped into the water and brought the boy in safety to the shore. “Why did you not save my boy sooner?” asked the now grateful mother. “Madam, I could not as long as he struggled. He would have dragged us both to certain death. But when he grew weak and ceased to struggle, then it was easy to save him.” It is when we cease from our own works and depend helplessly upon God that we realize how perfectly able He is to save without any aid from us.

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