Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. (Ps. 40:4)

MY WIFE’S CAR has been a tremendous disappointment. We bought a brand-new vehicle this time because I reasoned that the higher sticker cost would result in a worry-free commute. I was wrong. Her car has required multiple non-routine replacements of parts that inexplicably failed just after the warranty expired. One incident almost left her stranded in the middle of a busy freeway. Worry-free indeed!

When the time comes, I probably won’t buy from that manufacturer again. My faith in the brand has been shaken. Still, our troubles have helped me establish a terrific relationship with a local mechanic who knows that vehicle inside and out. I can’t trust the car, but after several trips to the shop, I’ve come to depend on him to keep it running.

There have been plenty of things in my life that promised satisfaction, pleasure, and fulfillment in exchange for my devotion. Not one of them lived up to the promise. I’ve had to buy a lot of “lemons” to learn that only Jesus is truly worthy of my unwavering trust. His reliability is dependable because He has already experienced the things I face every day and conquered them all (see Heb. 4:15).

Traveling with Jesus isn’t a hassle-free commute because my life is pretty broken. But when I find myself stranded, it sure helps to know Someone has already footed my repair bill.

Think about a problem you handle differently because you know Jesus.

Johnathan Kana lives with his wife and two children in rural central Texas. When he’s not writing, he enjoys playing piano and composing music.

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