A missionary tells of his experience about being assigned a car that would not start without a push.
After pondering this problem, he devised a plan.
He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.
When a new missionary came to take over his station, he proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started.
As he was talking, the young missionary picked up the hood, only to find that the trouble was a loose cable. He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, turned the key, and the engine roared to life.
For two years, needless trouble had become routine, but the power was there all along. The only thing needed was a better connection!
So it is for us as believers. We can walk through this life stumbling and struggling, having a loose connection with God. Or we can determine to be steadfastly connected to Him and His unlimited power.
As James clearly says, “Draw near to me, and I will draw near to you,” so we have the choice to be as close or as distant as we want to the King of Kings!
God’s decision to be intimate with us was already made when He displayed His love for us through the sacrifice of His Son! Now it’s in our hands. What kind of relationship do we want?
Let’s resolve to spend some time under the hood, double checking those connections, and making whatever adjustments necessary to get better connected to God and His omnipotent power. If you go through the self-inspection process, you’ll begin going through a personal revival.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-10
–by George Whitten