Monday, August 18, 2008

But, Lord, aren't you interested in Safety?

Background Romans 8:1-11

BUT, LORD, AREN’T YOU INTERESTED IN SAFETY?

Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

A screeching sound drowned out taped music. It was the brakes on my trusty, old station-wagon!

Forty-five minutes from home, I remembered my promise to the Lord to bring my spending habits under control, thus modeling the Christian walk before my children. I had been responding to scripture and testimonies, believing that God could supply my needs!

“But, Lord, aren’t You interested in safety?” I whined to the Lord as I drove into the service area. My wallet sported all of $50.00!

“$350.00 to repair your brakes,” the manager said.

Discouraged, I drove home cautiously, complaining: “But, God is interested! I am doing His will!”

Then I remembered Abraham putting his son on an altar, (Genesis 22). Finally, in humility I drove the car to the back of the property, and put it on blocks! (We lived in the country.) I could “sacrifice” one car temporarily.

Several weeks went by. A friend stopped by, deeply distressed about his family’s spiritual condition. “Pray for my children,” he said. We prayed, acknowledging a bigger law at work than we could imagine. We both confessed our need to cooperate with the “law of His Spirit” at work in our families.

As he walked out of the door, he handed me a check, saying, “Put this towards another car!”

- Paul Wilson

What decision can you make today that reflects trust in the living God? If you are His, He is yours!

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