THE SET OF THE SAILS DETERMINES WHICH WAY THEY GO
A chaplain for the British Navy back in the 1800’s was holding regular Bible studies for some of the sailors at Portsmith on the southern coast of England.
In the course of that the sailors said to him, “You know pastor, it’s because you don’t live in the real world you can’t understand how we can’t stand against many of these temptations. We are just led away by them. We’re unable to do anything about it. Essentially we are saying, no, we are not responsible at all.”
The chaplain, in a moment of inspiration said, “Hey, turn around and let’s just look at these boats out there moving back and forth across the bay here at Portsmith, with their sails up and going.
It’s interesting, isn’t it? They’re going in different directions but by the same wind.” And then he said,
“One boat goes east, one boat goes west
By the same wind that blows.
And it’s the set of the sails and not the gale
That determines which way they go.”
AND THE WORD OF GOD SET’S OUR SAILS!