John B. Gough once told of sitting in a church service one Sunday morning and hearing a hoarse, discordant voice singing behind him. The voice was so bad that he truly felt sorry for its owner. The closing hymn was, “Just As I AM, Without One Plea” and Gough cringed as he listened to the grating voice without much hint of melody or much tune. Between the first and second stanzas the organist mercifully played an interlude. While the interlude was being played, Gough felt a touch on his arm and the man behind him whispered, “Could you please tell me the first few words of the second verse. I believe I could pick up the rest if I knew how the verse began.” John Gough whispered back, “Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind…..” As he turned back to whisper the words, Gough looked into the face of the man with the awful voice and saw that he was blind. And when he heard him with his grating voice trying to sing the next lines,
“Sight, riches, healing of the mind
Yea all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God I come.”
Gough said that he would like to lend him what voice he had, and help him sing if he could.
That’s how God feels toward me when I try to serve Him or believe. He will help me in my failures and He is able to do it.
His Lordship…His Leadership….His Love, can be mine.
I have decided not to settle settle for anything less!
In the Bonds of Calvary,