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20:24 Steps not Our Own

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Bernard Gilpin. A broken leg saved him from death at the stake.

Bernard Gilpin. A broken leg saved him from death at the stake.

A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way?

Ken Curtis, founder of Vision Video and Christian History Institute, was once delayed in catching a train to London’s Heathrow Airport. Friends kindly drove him to his destination. This may have saved him from death or injury. The subway he was to have taken was one of those hit by suicide bombers. What seemed to be an inconvenience proved to be a blessing.

How often we read of such events. A woman misses her plane: it is involved in the terrible crash on Tinerife. Augustine of Hippo gets lost traveling to a church he has not visited before; the confusion proves God-directed—Donatists were lying in ambush for him. Bernard Gilpin breaks his leg and is unable to fulfill Queen Mary’s summons; she dies before he is able to move, and so he eludes death at the stake. Viktor Frankl misses his truck, and escapes a last-minute massacre of Jews by Germans. Perhaps we should not rail at inconveniences; sometimes they are God’s way of prolonging our lives.

Jesus knew about that. Both as an infant and as a man, God had to preserve his life from murderers, for “his time had not yet come.”

21:5 Diligence vs. Haste

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Microwave ovens were one result of an unhasty financial policy.

Microwave ovens were one result of an unhasty financial policy.

The plans of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of every one who is hasty only to want.

When Ronald Reagan took office, he inherited the worst economy of fifty years. Inflation was in double digits. Production was stagnant. Gasoline prices were soaring.

Hurting people shrieked for the government to do something—anything. His fearful advisors also urged government intervention in the economy. Reagan refused quick fixes. Firmly committed to private enterprise, he cut taxes, reduced government spending, and condensed or removed regulations. The results were months in coming, but restored the American economy.

What is more, his tax cuts and deregulation freed private capital to fund production of new goods, such as microwaves and personal computers. Over the course of fifteen years, his supply-side economics resulted in the huge tax surpluses which Clinton inherited.

The panic-stricken “do-something” people with their hasty plans only make matters worse, as Roosevelt’s unsuccessful alphabet agencies, Nixon’s gasoline rationing, Bush’s bank bailouts, and Obama’s huge stimulus packages demonstrate.

Sins are like economics. They are often an attempt to get quickly what we should obtain slowly by prudence and forethought.

Jesus never went for the quick fix if it meant sinning. On the contrary, his death was pre-planned before the creation of the world. Since all of the evidence shows our universe is at least twelve and a half billion years old, it is fair to say there was nothing hasty about God’s plan of salvation. It was a plan over twelve billion years in implementation.