The Bay of Recompense

Ships sail the world over, from the Great Lakes to the beautiful Mediterranean, and every ocean in between. Once they leave their ports of call, there is no safe place in the wide world until they reach their destinations.

Take for example the hospital ship USS Benevolence. She was originally designated a transport ship, and converted to medical duties before she was commissioned in 1945. She spent time in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, and she ferried service personnel from devastated Pearl Harbor to San Francisco, making three “Magic Carpet” missions.

Later, she was at the Bikini Atoll atomic tests, and even served off Tsingtao, China, for six months.

The Benevolence had a sterling record of success underneath her keel. At the start of the Korean Conflict, she was refurbished in 1950, and during sea trials, collided with a commercial ship in the San Francisco Bay and sank by some accounts within 15 minutes.

A safe harbor is only a safe harbor if we know where we’re going, and there’s no one in our way.

Ships the world over are looking for a safe harbor. People are doing the same, living their lives, hoping to find rest at the end of their days. Even those who have a sterling record of an exemplary life need to beware. There is only one safe harbor in the end, and it is the Bay of Recompense.

What is the Bay of Recompense? It is our final port where we receive our eternal reward.

Revelation 22:12 speaks of this bay:

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.”

The Benevolence traveled the world, in some of the most dangerous shipping lanes in the world, yet she was taken down in a heavy fog, scant miles from her home. She was blinded; and overconfident, she plunged ahead; and she was lost in the sea.

We must watch that we do not see our goal, and in our assurance, let our guard down. That is the moment the evil one will swirl the fog of self-confidence around us, and the desires of the world will take us down.

Ephesians 2:8 names our ship’s pilot:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:10 pins our destination on the map:

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

Romans 12:1 lights up our radar screen:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

Hebrews 13:2 helps us find safe passage:

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

1 John 1:9 helps us make corrections at the helm:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

When we follow the logbook of God, our Bay of Recompense will lead us straight into his arms. We find our proof in Romans 8:1:

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

When our eyes remain on Jesus, we have our reward in hand.

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