Fresh Hope – 27th November 2020

One of my husband’s main jobs in our home is sorting out anything to do with the cars such as taking them for service. I remember a few years back when he had to take my then car for its annual safety check, which is known as an MOT Test. As the car was only a few years old, and had had no issues on previous test occasions, and was running well and feeling safe to drive, the thought of failure didn’t cross my mind. I had every confidence that everything was alright. I was therefore surprised and saddened to  hear that the car had failed the test and that certain parts had to be replaced before it would pass the test and be considered safe again.

It made me think of how we can be going along in life quite happily, oblivious to things in our hearts which have the potential of taking us off course and causing harm to ourselves and others. I thought of unconfessed sin, past hurts, wrong attitudes and mindsets, beliefs and thoughts that are contrary to God’s word. In certain circumstances, any of these hidden issues could be triggered and cause problems.

As with an unsafe car, it is not only the driver who is in potential danger, but also those travelling with him and other road users. There can be those issues in our lives past or present, which can cause us to act, speak or behave in a certain way. In this way we harm ourselves, those nearest and dearest to us, and those we meet and spend time with. If undealt with this can become a cycle or pattern in our lives. 

I have heard a teaching once on how we often need something similar to a spiritual MOT. This is an opportunity to allow God (the divine mechanic) to lift the bonnet of our lives and, in the words of the Psalm 139 vs 23 -24 it says ‘search’, ‘test’, and ‘point out’ those things which ‘offend’. Then, as David’s prayer would suggest, when these things are exposed, the Lord is able to help us deal with these problem areas in our lives, as He leads us along the path of everlasting life.

If we come to Him in humility, acknowledging our need of Him, in His grace and mercy, He will help us identify what is not right, and show us what we need to do about it. Then, as, in obedience, these matters are dealt with in the way He directs, we will become a stronger, safer and a person of integrity on the roadway of life, as we honour and serve Him.

Christine Mudenha 

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