Devotion for the Week of July 30, 2017 - AN INFIDEL AND HIS DYING DAUGHTER


Submitted by Dr. Charles Blair

Psalm 14:1 (KJV), “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

Today we have many infidels in America and many more who live as though there were no God to answer in the judgment.  Many have no clue who God’s Son the Lord Jesus Christ really is and they prove it by their religious ignorance.  So many have a distorted infantile view of the Lord Christ.  Perhaps you know the story of the Colonial patriot Col. Ethan Allen, who was an infidel.

The well-known story of Col. Ethan Allen is a striking illustration of the utter insufficiency of infidelity in the hour of death.  Col. Allen was a gallant patriot, but an avowed infidel. 

He had an only child, a beautiful daughter on whom he lavished every care.  When in the flush of early womanhood, this daughter sickened and was dying.  As she lay, awaiting the approach of death, she took her father’s hand and said: “Father, mother has told me to take Jesus as my Saviour, while you have told me that Jesus is no Saviour.  Which must I believe now?” 

The heart of the strong man was moved to its profoundest depths.  He had faced the cannon’s mouth without fear, but he trembled like an aspen before his dying child, as with choked utterance he replied, “My daughter, believe your mother.”

Acts 4:10-12 (KJV), “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole….12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

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