After an appointment at the auto service center, a woman told her husband she had been worried the mechanic might try to rip her off.
“I was so relieved,” she said, “when he told me all I needed was turn signal fluid.”
It sure is easy to be taken advantage of in this day and time. It seems there are always bad people on the lookout for folks to swindle. It really can be difficult to know who to trust.
That’s why I appreciate Jesus so much. He is altogether trustworthy, all the time, day in and day out, in good times and bad. Those who place their trust in Jesus are never disappointed.
Even when we’re facing circumstances that we have trouble understanding or accepting, we can trust that Jesus has it under control.
“Blessed is the person who trusts in the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
That verse, of course, is about a person, not a tree. More specifically, it’s about a person who trusts in the Lord. The person who is rooted in Christ, the verse assures us, will always have his or her most important needs met. They will be given peace that passes all understanding even in the hard times, courtesy of being rooted in Christ. They will be given the assurance of eternal life in a place more beautiful that anywhere we have ever seen, courtesy of being rooted in Christ.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Heaven is going to be an awesome place based on the descriptions the Apostle John provided in the book of Revelation. Imagine walking on streets of gold. Better than that, imagine a place where there is no more sorrow, no more pain, and no more death. A place where, as the old hymn says, all is peace for evermore.
To get to Heaven, all we have to do is trust in Jesus, repent of our sins, and accept His forgiveness. Some people have trouble believing it can be that simple. In fact, some people teach wrongly that we need to do enough good deeds to earn their way into Heaven, that we need to do enough good to counteract the bad in our lives. That kind of thinking may make sense in our human minds, but the Bible tell us to “trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not to you own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
Based on the Bible, anyone who teaches anything other than Jesus as the way, the truth and the life is far worse than the untrustworthy mechanic who sold the woman turn signal fluid.
Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.