The Whine of Shells

The Whine of Shells

During the first world war the soldiers near the front line trenches learned to know the whine of the different types of shells as they screamed their way over to bring death. When a shell was heard, men flung themselves into the nearest hole without any worry as to what kind of filth or death might be in the hole. Nothing in the hole could be as bad as the exploding steel.

So it is that men run away from life when God speaks to them. He uncovers their sin and tells them of their need and immediately they run for cover. There is no honesty behind the evasions, and this Christ will not tolerate, but where there is an honest doubt, He will meet it.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  Ps 51:1,2

1.  What is your response to the “whine of shells”?
2. What foxholes might a sinner dive into in order to evade God’s convicting artillery?

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