God usually draws people with cords of love, but when they refuse He can get tough as today’s devotional explains. The moral: turn to Christ now; don’t wait till God gets tough. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
“The Lord God, when he is resolved to save, sees it needful to use peculiar methods with these, who will not be satisfied to receive the kingdom of heaven as a little child. Because they will not come when they are bidden, the Lord adds blows to his words. Because they will not come when they are gently drawn, they shall be roughly driven. Because the cords of love and the bonds of a man fail to bring them, they shall have the goad of the ox, and the bit and bridle of the mule. If gentle breezes will not waft the ship, the tempestuous Euroclydon shall force it to the haven. When the Lord resolves to save, he will lay on his chastisement until the whole head is sick and the whole heart faint: he will smite until, from the crown of the head to the sole of the foot, the body is all wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores. By strong measures and strange methods he will bring back the stray sheep.” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XXXVI, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1890), p. 145-146]