On Flat Tires

Posted on January 30, 2013 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

On first impression 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.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing from the word of God.

 

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.