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|EZEKIEL DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO CALL IT
I suppose folks have wondered about Ezekiel’s vision of a “wheel in the middle of a wheel”
(Ezekiel 1:16). The vision is more than I can understand, but the word that comes to me is “gyroscope.”
If you’ve never seen a picture of a gyroscope, it is indeed, a wheel in the middle of a wheel,
and it’s used in more ways than you can imagine.
It works on racing cars for turning left
on the curves and keeping the vehicle on the track. It helps balance motor bikes. It’s a navigational aid
in compasses. It has to do with roll, pitch, and yaw in keeping a craft on a steady course in heavy seas. It makes
an autopilot work in airplanes to control the pitch of the plane to keep its nose pointed at the horizon, which tells a pilot
he’s keeping his correct altitude. And the gyroscope is what keeps a thing on course, because when the craft changes
directions, the gyroscope continues to point in its same direction.
Does any of this get your mind
to think how God has put a gyroscope in you? It helps keep you on the steady course He has laid out for all of us, keeping
us on a steady course through the heavy seas of life. It keeps us pointed in the right direction. But I’m
repeating myself, aren’t I, because our bodies are so like the ships, planes, and other vehicles that find the gyroscope
so necessary. In Ezekiel’s words, “their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel…
and they turned not when they went.”
God just thought of everything. I had my thumb
and three fingers holding something as I used the little finger to open the refrigerator door. I was so impressed at
the moment that I said, “Look, Louise, how God made us just right.”
Thank Him for balance,
next time you take a step. Thank Him for feet that keep you from falling over, and praise Him these and for other such
wonderful gifts, all in one package! And when this one is worn out, He has another waiting!
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.