We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4
Car trouble is a serious matter, especially on a long trip. Whether it is a flat tire, a dead battery, or something more complicated (and more expensive), these unexpected events disrupt our journey. They can alter our plans drastically.
Our lives are filled with "flat tires." We may become seriously ill, lose our job, or have financial problems or marital difficulties. God has not promised us carefree lives. However, He has promised to be with us at all times and to give us strength to handle any situation, no matter how serious or hopeless it might seem.
Tribulations are not pleasant; however, "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him" (Romans 8:28). Our tribulations should strengthen our faith (James 1:2-3). They also can assist us in being better witnesses for Christ. They allow us to speak from personal experience about God's love.
Jesus through His Word and sacraments is the mechanic for all the breakdowns along our journey through life. He can repair all our problems and make us stronger than ever. Most important, His death on the cross has repaired our broken relationship with God. Our bill? Paid in full -- we own nothing.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, increase my faith as I experience the "flat tires" of life; in Jesus' name. Amen.
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