Written by RGT   
Monday, 27 July 2020 14:13

                                                                JUST A TINY HOLE


     I was driving home from my dad’s the other day when I heard a sound that made me think I had driven over a large branch. It sounded like I was dragging something. I pulled over to find that a long piece of twisted wire was sticking on my back tire. It was very thin and twisted around but was probably two feet long in all. I kept untwisting it until I found that the very end of it was stuck into my tire. “Please Lord, don’t let it go far in,” I asked. It didn’t. I pulled it out and headed to a garage to have my oil changed and tires rotated. It drove fine all the way there and they had it a short while so I figured if it had a leak, it would be noticed. I could’ve had them check it for a leak. They were taking it off anyway to rotate. I didn’t. I checked the receipt when they were done and it said all four tires were at 32 lbs. “Good to go!” I thought. Until that evening. I came out of the house and that tire was flat as a pancake. Dummy me.

     I thought about where I had taken the car. I thought about why I hadn’t asked the mechanic to check the tire. The truth is that I didn’t want to pay the $15 for a plug and I didn’t want to have to hang around the store for a while longer while they did this extra checking. Dummy me. At the end of the day you might be reading this and saying what is wrong with you son, but when it comes right down to it, I wasn’t willing to do or spend the extra time and money for peace of mind. Dummy me.

     The next morning while running the Lord told me to write about this and the verse He gave me was, “Put on the whole armor of God.” (Eph. 6:11) Some versions have “full armor”.  Notice it doesn’t say, “Put on the armor of God?” It specifically says “whole”. Big distinction! Most Christians learn about the armor of God and what it all is early on in their faith. We are taught we are in a battle against the devil, our flesh and the world. Without the armor, we’re in deep doo doo. Yet that’s what many, self included, do every day. We put on some of the armor of God, not all of it, and think we’ll be just fine. I ‘hoped’ my tire hadn’t been punctured. It was just a very thin wire. I didn’t safeguard myself from a flat because I didn’t want to be inconvenienced. Let’s play a little game for a minute. Read these statements and see if any conjure up unpleasant feelings or memories for you. Ready? “Do not be unequally yoked.” (2 Cor. 6:14) “In your anger do not sin.” (Eph. 4:26) “Do not lust in your heart after her beauty.” (Prov. 6:25) “You can’t serve both God and money.” (Matt.6:24) “Be anxious for nothing.” (Phil 4:6) Ever heard these? More specifically, have you ever heard these and intentionally ignored them, leading to some heavy consequences? I have. Lots of times. The result? Big regret! Lousy consequences. Conviction. And often shame.

     It was such a tiny hole in my tire. It shouldn’t have been such a problem. It was. It let all the air out of my tire. Just like waking up and not putting on the whole armor of God every day, because it’s too much hassle, takes too long, or most likely, we just don’t see the urgent need…..at that moment! David was supposed to be off with the kings going out to battle but he wasn’t….and in his boredom happened to see a babe bathing. The rest is history. Abraham listened to bad advice and had a baby with the wrong woman. After all God said he’d have one! (Not this way though!!) Moses struck the rock and water flowed out and he angered God. How’d that work out? I won’t go into detail about the incredible dumb decisions I’ve made in the spur of the moment and how they cost me years, thousands, tears, stress, sleepless nights, etc. Maybe you have too.

     God says put on the whole armor of God. Not a little of it. Not some of it. Not most of it. All! “Your enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Pet. 5:8) Not someone to hassle. Not someone to bother. Someone to devour! Get that. Let it sink in good. Watch a t.v. show on life in the safari and you’ll see what the lion does to its prey. Chomps, rips, tears, devours. Not pretty. Like the broken family after adultery. Like the broken dreams after gambling or addictions. Like the wasted gifts and life after chasing the god’s of this world. Like the facade of ‘having it all’ and bragging or coveting everyone else on social media with all you have or all you hunger for. God knows that a ‘little sin’ cost Him everything. It also did to Adam and Eve. It did to many in the Old Testament and the New. It has to people we know and people we read about. It probably has happened to you in ways you wish you could do over and/or forget. We can change. We can do life differently. We can confess and we can repent. We can cry out and we can put on the whole armor. I got the tire fixed the next day. I had to sit at the garage a while and it cost me $5 more than the day before. It was a drag. It was a waste of time. It was a lesson to me. “He who has ears to hear let him hear.” (Matt. 11:15) God will speak in love, truth, grace, conviction. Are you really listening? Don’t go out partially dressed. You may end up walking home.