Flat Tires

Posted on January 8, 2016 · Posted in Wisdom

Flat tires appear to offer little evidence of God’s love and care. But that is just unbelief spinning events in way that seeks to discredit God’s providential care. Yes, a flat tire is an inconvenient addition to an already busy day. But that is just from your perspective. Suppose you knew that having a flat tire would mean that you avoided a situation that would have resulted in harm to you or your family that otherwise would have occurred if you had been on schedule. From this vantage point the flat tire that was a curse now becomes a blessing! The point is that we don’t know what would have happened if…  We are just left to believe that God works all things together for our good and his glory.

This is why the Bible teaches that we don’t need sight to confirm God’s goodness – we need faith.

Of course sometimes disastrous things happen with we do have a flat tire. Sometimes we are unexpectedly diagnosed with brain cancer. The same biblical truth still holds. We must walk by faith and not sight.  Our experiences don’t tell us whether God is being faithful – the Bible does that.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

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Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.