(by Charles Spurgeon)
In one sense the path to heaven is very safe–but in other respects, there is no road so dangerous! It is beset with many difficulties. One false step (and how easy it is to take that, if grace is absent), and down we go! What a slippery path is that which we have to tread!
How many times have we to exclaim with the Psalmist, “My feet were almost gone–my steps had well nigh slipped!” If we were strong, sure-footed mountaineers, this would not matter so much; but in ourselves, how weak we are! In the best roads–we soon falter; in the smoothest paths–we quickly stumble. These feeble knees of ours, can scarcely support our tottering weight. A straw may trip us, and a pebble can wound us! We are mere children, tremblingly taking our first steps in the walk of faith; our heavenly Father holds us by the arms–or we would soon go down! Oh, if we are kept from falling, how must we bless our patient Father, who watches over us day by day!
Think–how prone we are to sin, how apt to choose danger, how strong our tendency to cast ourselves down–and these reflections will make us sing more sweetly than we have ever done, “Glory be to Him, who is able to keep us from falling.”
We have many foes who try to push us down. The road is rough–and we are weak! But in addition to this, enemies lurk in ambush, who rush out when we least expect them, and labor to trip us up, or hurl us down the nearest precipice! Only an Almighty arm can preserve us from these unseen foes–who are seeking to destroy us. Such an arm is engaged for our defense. He is faithful, who has promised, and He is able to keep us from falling–so that with a deep sense of our utter weakness, we may cherish a firm belief in our perfect safety, and say, with joyful confidence, “To Him who is able to keep us from falling and to present us before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior, be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” Jude 1:24-25