A rope of sand

George Whitefield said,

. “The souls that were awakened under his ministry he joined in societies, and thus preserved the fruit of his labor. This I neglected, and my people are a rope of sand.”

George Whitefield

Imagine sand on the beach. Some of the sand is wet and can be shaped into intricate shapes of castles. Some has no moisture and can merely be piled up to resemble a mound.

Imagine a rope. A rope made of hessian. It is a hefty thing. It can hold a boat to a pier. It is strong and meaty. Have you ever done a tug of war? Very few ropes break.

Imagine making a rope of sand using either wet or dry sand. It might never look like a rope, or if it does, try picking it up. It is as dust in a desert. It is of no use. Sand cannot make a rope. A rope cannot be made from sand.

It is interesting that George Whitefield said this about John Wesley and his ministry because we face “such a time as this” now in this time and place.

What would it look like if there was a great awakening in our churches tomorrow morning? What would it be like to hear a sermon that seared our hearts?

Let us not be content with a rope of sand but strive to hear what God wants of us all.

He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’

Luke 11:28
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