Jeremy Coombs, a preacher friend, shared a little-remembered bit of history the other day that I found fascinating.
“Just three days after JFK’s inauguration in 1961, a B-52 Bomber broke apart over the Goldsboro, NC area. Two H-Bombs, each with 260 times more power than the ones used in Japan fell out and plunged to earth. Thankfully they did not explode.
But, one hit the earth so hard, that three of the four safety features failed, and the bomb was one simple electrical switch from activating a nuclear bomb explosion. One small switch saved the night and millions of lives. PTL!” End quote.
We live in soul troubling times. Each day hundreds have explosions in their life, that wreak havoc on themselves, their family and their circle. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we humans had a four-stage system to prevent such explosions? Most adults know from experience that life can have some break apart events. Many do not let escaping “bombs” make a worse mess of things. There are more than four, but four will suffice for today’s purpose.
First, take a little time and accept the number one protection: Being Born again and knowing it! Knowing that Christ lives in us helps through the darkest time.
Second, know what the Bible teaches us from the lives and losses of people in the Bible. Job is my favorite! During a time of total material loss as well as the personal pain of all his children being murdered by marauding thugs, he was able to rely on this:
Three, Job gives us this: Job 13:15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
Four, I call this the Joseph Principle. You are aware of the tremendous loss Joseph suffered at the hand of his Brothers, a lying woman, a traitor fellow prisoner. God lifted him after around seven years of suffering. When he, after many years had a chance to exact revenge on his brothers, this gem came from his lips to their ears and sunk into their heart:
Genesis 50:20 "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. (NKJV).
Josephs action is akin to this from Jesus: Luke23:34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."
From where I sit, it’s noticeable that many do not use even one of these safety switches and thus explode causing enormous damage to themselves and others.
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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