Jeremiah 10:23 (NIV)
Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;
it is not for them to direct their steps.
One of the worst train disasters in history occurred in the El Toro Tunnel in Leon, Spain, on January 3, 1944. Over five hundred people died.
The train was a long passenger train with an engine on both ends. As the train entered the El Toro Tunnel, the engine on the front end stalled. When the front engine stopped, the engineer on the back engine started up his engine to back the train out of the tunnel. As he proceeded, however, the front engineer managed to get the front engine started again and attempted to continue the journey in the opposing direction. Neither engineer had any way of communicating with the other. Both engineers thought they simply needed more power. They continued to pull in opposite directions for several minutes. Hundreds of passengers on the train in the tunnel died of carbon monoxide poisoning because the train was stuck in the tunnel because it was being pulled in two different directions! *
This tragic incident illustrates what can happen in our lives when we are pulled in different directions, following the lead of different “engineers”…
Many of us struggle as to which way to go with our lives. We often give in to different “engineers” like our friends, our society, our families, and our selves, even though they may be pulling in opposite directions!
Long ago, the inspired prophet Jeremiah said, “O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). In other words, we need direction – we need a wise engineer – to help direct our steps.
In short, we need Jesus to be our Savior AND our Lord (Master, Ruler, “Engineer”).
In fact, Jesus cannot be our SAVIOR unless He is our LORD!
Hank Hanegraaff has written: “Christ died to be our Savior and lives to be our Lord.”
Christ died on the cross to pay the price for our sins (Ephesians 1:7). We are saved from our past sins when we believe and trust Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from our sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). We continue to be cleansed from our sins as we continue to acknowledge Him as the Lord of our lives through our trusting obedience to His Word (1 John 1:7). Jesus asked, "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
There are MANY engineers in the world that desire to control our lives, but there is only ONE Loving Lord.
Today let us each submit our life to Him so He can lead us to our eternal home?
Dear Lord, We pray that today we would let you be our engineer. Help us not allow ourselves to be pulled in different directions. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.