trust in . . .

Today I had the opportunity to drive a new 2016 vehicle. Quite simply, it seemed to work the way any other car works today. Push a button, change gears, and off I go. But then….as I drive down the interstate, the music lowers, and “beep, Beep, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, Beep, beep,” then the music returned. A few miles down the road, and again: “beep, Beep, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, Beep, beep.” On and off every few miles, this beeping is driving me crazy, what is wrong with the car? Have I left the emergency break on? Is there a setting I forgot to change, or what?

Finally, I realize that the car has blind spot (BLIS) detectors – that must be it! Nope. The BLIS lights work fine, and then…. I realize the car is equipped with lane changing notification warning “beeps.” That’s great – but it sure would be nice if I knew ahead of time that crossing a line would cause the car to beep at me.

Several miles later, I get on a stretch of interstate and decide to use cruise control. Even cars from 20 years ago had that – that should be easy enough to use. I get to the optimal speed and hit the “set” button. No problem – I’ve got this new car thing all figured out!

As I drive down the interstate, I eventually get blocked in the right lane behind a slow moving truck, but before I have a chance to hit the brakes, my car has already begun to slow down. Did I hit the brakes without realizing it? No, the car has slowed to the exact pace as the one in front of me, and is keeping at a safe distance! When I’m no longer blocked, I change lanes (beep, beep….), and the car mysteriously speeds back up to my original cruise setting – all of this automatically controlled by computers and sensors.

Now I’m familiar that Google, Apple, and other companies are experimenting with self-driving cars. It’s only a matter of time until they are in every city nationwide: cars that are built to make driving safer as well as less of a participative event.

backupThe only dilemma is that most people don’t yet trust self-driving cars fully. Sure, it’s one thing to trust blind spot detectors, self-adjusting cruise control, and even back-up cameras, but we’re not ready to fully trust a self-driving car. As a matter of fact, I get it. We don’t trust the computer to be as safe as we can be as a human. In reality, the car (aka computer) is only doing what another human has programmed it to do. Why should we trust man?

We can’t even trust God fully. We state on our money that we trust God; our founding father’s put it in the Declaration of Independence; but it’s evident that today’s government doesn’t trust God and has actually walked away from Him.

But what about us? Do we trust God fully? Or do we only trust Him as much as we trust back-up cameras in our cars? Do you trust God with your future, what’s ahead of you? Do you trust that if you commit to God’s direction in your life that He will control the speed and destination that He has laid out for you? Will you allow Him to be your self-adjusting cruise control and set the speed of your journey through life? Or will you only trust Him as a back-up camera, with decisions that are already behind you?

Countdown Calendars

Calendar-countdownWe’ve all used them, whether physical or purely mental. Counting the days until….

Whether it was counting the days until high school graduation, until your wedding, or until a special vacation arrived, countdowns keep us focused on “the prize.”

The fascination with crossing off days as the special event draws near provides a sense of joy that generally can’t be replicated. But what if – what if you didn’t know when that special day was coming? What if you knew that special day was coming, but didn’t know when it would be here?

Would you still feel joy by crossing off days? Would you feel like the day would ever come? Or would it feel as if it would never arrive?

I’m afraid that most of us would not feel the same joy crossing off days to an indefinite target. Not knowing if it was tomorrow, or next week, or maybe 10 years off may hinder our joy and rip the excitement from us. And that’s why I believe we are not excited about Christ’s return.

“you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angles in heaven, nor the Son.” Matthew 24:36

The excitement of Christ’s return should be FOREFRONT in our minds, causing us to witness non-stop. Yet, because we don’t know when it will occur, we are not excited about it. But, just think for a second, CHRIST IS COMING BACK! And He’s coming back to fulfill His promise of building a place for us to share as His heir:

“we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.” Romans 8:16b-17

So what are we waiting for? Let’s celebrate His return. We know He’s coming back, let’s not worry about when, and let’s live for Him!

Christ died for us, let’s LIVE FOR HIM!

The last words of a great leader

When we gather around a family member who is taking their last breaths, we seem to desire two things. The first is to let them know how much we love them and that will miss them. The second seems to be a need of some words of wisdom – any nugget of information that can help us live a better life.

King David, a true leader, even in God’s eyes, may or may not have had the first occasion – we don’t know if his son Solomon said anything to him in his last moments – it’s simply not documented in our Scripture. However, he did have the second occasion.

In his last moments, King David said to Solomon:

“I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God; to walk in His ways, to keep His statues, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses.” – 1 Kings 2:2-3

Sometimes, we seem to take these types of words lightly – thinking to ourselves, that makes sense, we ought to do that – it would probably benefit us to do that. What I find interesting is that not only did David tell Solomon to do this, he told him why:

“that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.” -1 Kings 2:4

That’s a pretty powerful message that God gave David. If I were to translate it: ‘Hey, if you follow Me as your King, your family will remain King for generations.’

Normally I finish my blogs with a challenge, a summary, or closing. But not this time, you decide how this one ends….