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Devotionals 2002

Let Us Do Good
August 2, 2002By Clark Wrather

Today’s devotional was written by my son, Clark Wrather, who is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. The Scripture and title have been added.

08.02.02

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. - Galatians 6:9-10.

About a year ago, I had my first flat tire on Libby’s Explorer. I had never dealt with one on that vehicle and it was a lot more complex than the car I drive. I had to crank stuff and lower stuff and find things and figure out what the things did. When I finally figured out what to do, the jack broke. If it wasn’t for a member of our church who was there, I’m not sure what I would have done.

The next day, I purchased a much bigger jack that had less moving parts. It could jack up Libby’s car in just a few moments. I stashed the jack in her car and thought about how well I would be prepared for the next flat tire on her vehicle.

Last week we visited my family in western Oklahoma. After spending six hours on the road, I dropped Libby and the kids off at home and went to our church league softball game. After the game, someone noticed I had a flat tire. I was in Libby’s vehicle for some reason. At first, I thought great! A flat tire after this long day and even after we lost our game! Then, I remembered the super-duper jack I had purchased. The flat could be changed in no time. It wasn’t that big of a deal.

The same church member, who was present at the last flat tire, just happened to be there for this one too. The jack lifted the vehicle up quickly and then… it didn’t go any higher. The jack was stuck. It would not go higher, nor would it go any lower. My friend went and got the same jack we used a year before to help me change the tire. His worked like a charm.

In our lives, we try very hard to be prepared for anything that might happen. This is why we have insurance on our cars, homes, and bodies, do maintenance on our cars, save money in banks, go to the doctor for check-ups and why some people receive Christ as their Savior (Some people view salvation as a fire insurance policy just in case the Bible is true.). Except for Christ, all of these others are capable of letting us down. Sometimes our preparations are unable to overcome the problems we face in life. Thank God that during these times that God and our church family help us out. What do people do who do not know God or have a good church family when those dark times come?


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