Ruinous Refuges

The flying fish, when terrified and pressed by their enemy, will fly out of the water and sometimes take refuge on a passing ship, where the sailors find great delight in catching them, and where the poor breathless things find their doom. At the sight of sin as an enemy, and through fear of coming judgment, terrified souls will often fly out of their old surroundings, but instead of fleeing to Christ, the only saving One, they take refuge on the ship of mere outward reformation, and fall an easy prey to pride and self-sufficiency, which work death as surely as any other sin "God is our Refuge" (Psa 46:1).