an excellent day for new shock absorbers.
“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God…” Romans 4:20 NIV
Most of us give very little, if any, thought to the importance of the shock absorbers on our cars. The simple fact is that the ride would be intolerable in some situations without them. Shock absorbers keep our cars riding smoothly by absorbing the bumps, vibrations, and sudden jolts caused by potholes, uneven road surfaces, and other things that would cause us to bounce and waver from side to side if we didn’t have them.
Simply put, shock absorbers keep the ride of our automobiles steady and comfortable.
Faith acts as “shock absorbers” for our lives. If our faith is strong, we will experience a generally smooth “ride” through life. Undoubtedly there will be some bumps in our roads of life that faith cannot absorb completely. There are bound to be some “potholes” that will overcome our faith briefly, but strong faith, like new shocks, will recover quickly and will minimize the damage we would experience compared to if we had none at all.
Even new shock absorbers cannot protect us from the jarring effect of some of the potholes we drive through at times. We need to pay attention as well, and be alert to sudden obstacles that can materialize seemingly out of nowhere.
How do we keep our “spiritual shock absorbers” fresh and able to withstand all but the most extreme “road hazards”? By having faith like Abraham’s: “And being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:21 NASB).
Job was another one who had excellent “spiritual shock absorbers.” God allowed satan to test Job severely – far beyond what many of lesser faith would have been able to endure. But by keeping his faith strong and fresh, he was able to deal with losing his family, his home, his health, and all of his wealth. Had his “car” had weak – or worse – no shock absorbers at all, the road that satan laid before Job would have destroyed him.
But through it all, Job never gave in. Did he feel the “jolt” of losing all that he had, including his children, whom he loved dearly? Of course he did. But his faith was strong. As a result of his strong faith, “The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys. He had seven sons and three daughters.” (Job 42:12-13 NASB).
Pick up the Bible today and put new life into your spiritual shock absorbers for a smoother, steadier ride through life.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson