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June 16, 2003 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

How smart are you? Are you sure about that?

By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

The other day I was pulling my tandem-axle trailer and noticed an awful vibration at 45 mph.

So began the process of trying to troubleshoot. I finally jacked up the trailer and found bumps on the inside of the tires. When I showed them to my dad, he was quite sure that was the problem.

When I had done some previous work on the trailer, I noticed that the front tires were slanted inward on the top, so I asked someone what I could do. They said I would never put enough miles on the trailer for it to make any difference.

Well, as things turned out, I have made many trips up north with that trailer, and I have worn the tires out. So I began asking, "How can I align that axle?"

Some told me that you can shim the axle straight and others told me that all you can do is bend the axle. As I looked at the back of the brake plate, I saw four bolts that I could put shims behind and decided this would be a relatively easy task.

I finished the one side, and as I was having difficulty with loosening the bolts on the other side, I suddenly felt very foolish. I realized that all I had done was shim out the back of the brake plate and hadn't changed the angle of the tire at all.

So, I had a good laugh at myself while I removed the shims I had already put in.

Have you ever thought that you knew just how to do something and then found out how wrong you were?

When it comes to salvation, man tries and tries to be the best he can, but no one can ever attain holiness. Sometimes it takes years of hearing God's law to break the proud, smart heart of man to admit that he can do nothing to contribute to saving his soul.

It is a very humbling thing for anyone to admit that God alone can supply the gift of his son to meet the demands of the law.

I Cor. 1:21 tells us "For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe."

You can't come to know God by your wisdom, but only by faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit must open our eyes to see that Jesus is our only way to heaven.

By the way, how smart are you? Will your choices prove to have been smart a year from now? Will they prove to be wise when you enter into eternity?

With earthly things we often get a chance to fix our foolishness, like my trailer, but these choices we make regarding God are choices that make a difference for eternity.

How smart are you? Are you sure?


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