"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."
Watchman Nee, a Chinese teacher who founded many Christian churches, told a story of a man who was drowning. A crowd had gathered, but no one in the crowd could swim except for one man. To everyone’s shock and consternation, it appeared he would not jump in the water and rescue the drowning man.
Finally, the swimmer jumped from the riverbank, swam out, put his arms around the man, and brought him to safety. But the crowd didn’t cheer the rescuer. In fact, they scolded him.
The rescuer explained to them, “I’m not that good a swimmer. Had I gone out there while this man was still fighting, he would have drowned us both. I had to wait until he was weak enough for me to save him.”
Are you weak enough to let God save you, or like the swimmer who was flailing around, are you still trying to do it on your own? Psalm 50:15 says, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Stop flailing around. Yield to Him.