So IT IS HERE!
The start of the racing season in the Midwest. Unfortunately so is the rain season upon us. Those two do not go together well. But God is in control of rain and racing even if we are disappointed we leave it in His hands. As I prepared to go to Cedar Rapids and then Rockford this weekend God laid a message on my heart I want to share with you and I hope you spend a few minutes really thinking about it. Here is some of the chapel message I had prepared.
I have been reading Tony Dungy’s first book and he talks about his son who can not feel thus has no fear. He has grabbed cookies out of a hot oven and ate them not knowing they were burning his fingers and month and throat.
As drivers I know you can not fear a wild ride like Matt took yesterday (by the way I pray for you guys safety daily and hope Matt is ok). You have to know the car is going to hold up, belt are going to stay tight, safety suit keeps the fire off you, and helmet protects your head.
A lot of guys are taught not to fear and feel but not in the extreme of Tony’s son, yet the damage can be even greater. I lived 30 years not fearing the Lord and I was so wrong to think that way.
Romans 3:18-20 says “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. (NIV)
I lived without fear of and for the Lord for those 30 years and just lived for self. I did not recognize there was a Creator nor that I was sinner. But once I did see those things Proverbs 9:10 took hold of me. Prov 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Next time I will explain “fear of the Lord” the way I understand it.
I really do hope you think about this with me.
Have a great day racin’ in the Sonshine and hopefully we can get started with the season next weekend.
And remember if you have questions stop me at the track, call me or e-mail me and we will open God’s Word together and pray for insight into God’s ways.