Fixing What Others Break

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The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. – Deuteronomy 18:15.

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. – Matthew 17:5-8.

Failure – Career From Correcting Others

When the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway collapsed in 1981, Failure Analysis Associates linked the tragedy to an improperly placed bolt that was unable to support the weight imposed on it. When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986, Failure Analysis Associates helped trace the failure to O-rings that cracked in cold Florida weather. When fumes at the rocket-fuel plant in Henderson, Nevada, overcame fifty-five people in 1992, Failure Analysis Associates found a leaking chlorine gas line responsible.

Naturally, then, when San Diego’s undersea sewage line burst in early 1992, the city called the “master of disaster”—Failure Analysis Associates. Nine months and $352,000 later, after poring over data, creating computer models, consulting engineers in various disciplines, and scrutinizing the broken pipe sections, they determined that trapped air had caused the eruption. Not even in existence twenty years ago, this company has become a necessity today because of present labor rates and escalating litigation.

God has a single spiritual engineer—his Son—and a single organization—his church. His son unerringly diagnoses our failures; he understands their bases and unfailingly prescribes their cure. The church holds safely in forgiveness those who “hire” God’s engineer through faith in his redemption of sins. If an earthly company is worth its fee for telling us how we fail, isn’t Christ more than worth his for guaranteeing how we can succeed?

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Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley © 1995 by Word, Incorporated.
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV © 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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