And what should you fear most on this lifelong voyage? Wild storms and rip tides? No. Beware the calm waters, when there’s hardly a ripple in sight. As long as a family holds each other tight, they can somehow weather the wildest seas. But calm waters are another story. The wind dies down, you sigh and relax, loosening your hold. You’ll never see the sharks gathering around you. And how will you guide your ship? Without a wind, or even a course? You may even wonder why you’re stuck on the same boat at all.
I was particularly troubled by the phrase that crept in about twenty years ago… the unconditional love of God. I’m going to ask you now would you put your hand up if you’ve heard this phrase, the unconditional love of God. Put your hand up if you’ve heard it. Now that means… well over three quarters of you have already heard that phrase. Put your hand up now if you found that phrase in your Bible. … Nobody.