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The Depths

Billy Bray was a Cornishman, born in 1794 in the village of Twelveheads near Truro.  Converted at the age of 29 after a narrow escape in a mining accident, he became an enthusiastic, if unconventional, preacher whose words were often enlivened by spontaneous outbursts of singing!  One day, being alone in the house of a friend, he looked around for a Bible, and not being able to find one, picked up a geography book instead.  Opening it, he read that in certain parts of the great oceans the depth is measured in miles.  “Praise the Lord!” he exclaimed, and quoted, “thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).

This verse was used for the blessing of an Irish girl, Sheila O’Gahagan, who suffered considerably with poor health.  However, of far greater concern to her was the question of her sins, and her desire to find peace with God.

One day, she was sitting with her Bible on her knee, looking out at the waves breaking onto the distant Giant’s Causeway, a volcanic formation of about 40,000 interlocking basalt rock columns, the tops of which form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea.  As she turned the pages of her Bible, she came across the little book of Micah near the end of the Old Testament, and looking at the waves, she marvelled at what Micah was telling her – that all her sins were cast into the depths of the sea!

A few months later, sadly, Sheila died and was taken into the presence of her Saviour whom she had come to know and love.  In her desk at home was found the following verse:

I will cast in the depths of the fathomless sea all your sins and transgressions, whatever they be;
Though they mount up to heaven, or sink down to hell,
They shall sink in the depths, and above them shall swell
All the waves of my mercy, so mighty and free: I will cast all your sins in the depths of the sea.

Dear reader, young or old, have you this wonderful assurance that your sins, however many, have been cast into the depths of the sea?  If not, come to Jesus, trusting in Him and his finished work upon the cross, where He died that you might be forgiven.  Do not put this little booklet down until you have the peace of God in your heart.  “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

This article has been extracted from the editorial of the February 1984 edition of Youthful Days, and was written by the Editor, Mr W Jan Taylor.

extracted from the May 2018 issue of Youthful Days