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Friday, January 17, 2020
"A Lesson From A Broken Buggy Wheel"
Message summary: The providence of God can be a terrifying thought or one of tremendous comfort. It depends on your position in Christ. As believers we can rest in the calm assurance that God rules for our ultimate good. Today, may you find peace and assurance in this Biblical truth.
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"He (God) made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt" (Exodus 14:25). "The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word" (Hebrews 1:3).
Yesterday morning we passed an Amish buggy broken down along Rt. 340, between two of our county's most colorfully named towns; Bird In Hand and Intercourse. The right front wheel had fallen off and we saw it leaning against the guard rail about 100 feet behind the buggy.
I don't know whether the Amish use AAA but the horse and occupants of the buggy were gone when we passed by. We've ridden in buggies and that must have been a bit scary when the wheel fell off! Hopefully they had a mobile phone to call for help. Actually the area was heavily settled by Amish so I am sure they got some neighborly help right away. We didn't go back that way but I am sure it didn't stay there for long. Certainly not long enough for it to be there today like we sometimes see cars along the road for days with a police sticker on them.
Have you ever had a wheel come off while you're driving down the highway? Although I've had a few flat tires I have never had a wheel fall off or a blowout while driving.
From a young age we have heard the significance of the invention of the wheel and the contribution it made to civilization. It's a very useful tool of life in so many ways. Today's text references the very first mention of a wheel in the Bible.
Exodus 14 chronicles the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites as they walked across the Red Sea on dry land as God parted the waters. As they departed Egypt the Egyptians chased after them. "He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them" (v.9). I wonder how the rank and file chariot drivers felt when commanded to follow their leaders through the parted sea! They witnessed a mighty miracle, nevertheless Scripture declares that their hearts were hardened (v.17).
"He (God) made the wheels of their chariots come off." This is an example of God's providence over the affairs of men. Now surely the finest mechanics in Egypt had serviced those chariots for Pharaoh. These mechanics would have been highly skilled using the latest wheel building techniques and the finest materials available. But when the Almighty God of the universe ordains that wheels come off, no human invention or mechanical skill will stop them!
"So that they had difficulty driving." You don't say!!!
"Let's get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt." The Egyptians rightly recognized that the Lord was fighting for His people against their enemies. They'd already witnessed God's miraculous power in the ten plagues that preceded the Israelite's escape. Why did they think that He was going to turn His back on them at this very critical point?
The great doctrine of providence states that God is superintending over all of His creation in every way at all times. He is indeed, "sustaining all things by His powerful word". He's got each hair on our head counted (present tense) and not a single bird falls without His knowledge. The Westminster Catechism states, "God's works of providence are His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all His creatures; ordering them, and all their actions, to His own glory."
The providence of God can be a terrifying thought or one of tremendous comfort. It depends on your position in Christ. As believers we can rest in the calm assurance that God rules for our ultimate good. Today, may you find peace and assurance in this Biblical truth.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, in Your hands are the very depths of the earth and the tips of the mountain peaks. The sea is Yours, for You made it and Your hands formed the dry land. It is at Your beckoning that the sea can be turned to dry land or dry land turned to sea. When the enemy comes against us like a flood, Your Spirit will lift up a standard against him. We never want our hearts to harden toward You, like the Egyptians and later the Israelites. Keep us faithful and trusting You and Your providential care, in the good times and in the trying times, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"The Power Of The Cross" Video Keith & Kristyn Getty at the Sing! Conference
Brooksyne hopes to attend this conference in Nashville this year.
Finally today: We see a lot of hurt in the course of our chaplaincy work but what a blessing to see changed lives. We've seen a sixty year old man through a lot over the many years we have served his company. He's had health problems, family problems and so forth. He was a problem life-long drinker but excitably told me yesterday he just celebrated two years of alcohol-free living. Even his doctor was surprised and asked him how he did it. He told him, "I just don't open the can". Now that's good advice in whatever you are trying to overcome!
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