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Simon Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” — John 6:60

There is a retired mechanic in the area who calls himself the “Honda Doctor”. Anything too old for dealers to fix he will.

One thing, though, he works on his own terms. He doesn’t need you but if you have an old Honda motorcycle you need him. He charges a flat hourly rate plus parts. Do his repairs take too long? Sometimes. Are the parts too expensive? Sometimes. Your only option is to either choose him to fix your bike or not and don’t tick him off.

God is like that in some ways. He works on his own schedule his own way. Does he take too long? Does he cost more than expected? Sometimes. Our only real option is to either choose him or not.

Fortunately for us he is good, loves us dearly, and works all things to our benefit.

The Honda Doctor doesn’t do that.

— fritz.

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The Most Misunderstood

God and Satan talk in the Bible and it looks like a giant chess game with Job’s family as the pawns. In the garden God calls to Adam, “Where are you?”, but doesn’t he already know? Joshua is told by God to leave no survivors; where is the love and mercy in that?! People are offended by these and other scriptures, sometimes wanting nothing to do with God because if it.

We expend so much effort to avoid being misunderstood but God, the most misunderstood one of all, spends none.

Why? He doesn’t say (go figure).

But I think we can learn two (2) things:

  1. We need to know and love him as he is and on his terms — not how we want him to be on our terms.
  2. Peter said it best when asked if he, too, would leave that day like the others who had misunderstood one of Christ’s teachings,

    “Lord, where would we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68b)

  3. We need to stop expending so much energy to avoid being misunderstood.

Do what you think Jesus wants you to do then let it go.

— fritz.

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