Published on August 16th, 2019
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand of Romania, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, told the following story.
“Two friends took a walk along the shore of a river. One slipped and fell into the water. He began to yell, “Help! Help! I can’t swim!” His friend on shore answered, “You don’t have to shout like that. I don’t know how to swim either, but I don’t make as much noise about it as you do.”
Pastor Wurmbrand went on to say,
“We sometimes judge others harshly for their bad moods or rude behavior. We behave well, but could it be because we do not pass through the same deep waters as those who do not behave well?”
Pastor Wurmbrand practiced what he preached. He loved and prayed for people who invaded his country, police who arrested him for his faith, and guards who treated him rudely in prison. He led some of them to Christ.
To Discuss: What does the story about the man in the water mean? For what behavior was the man on shore judging the man in the water? Can you think of someone who does not behave well to pray for?
(Source: Reaching Toward the Heights, edited and paraphrased)