All this week if you have been reading these messages we have been comparing the analogy of the gears within a clock and how they can compare to our individual lives. As the Word of God teaches us we can not move forward in the Kingdom of God with sin in our lives and this parallels to the operation of the gears within a watch that are in place to take the hand forward. Think about it! What would you expect if you were to open up your watch to see the gears turning but you found alot of dust and maybe some corrosion? Could you see how one speck of dust could hinder the overall function?
Within a clock there are strong gears with big teeth and their are delicate gears with very sensitive teeth. Some of the gears can handle some things while others can not. Can you see the relation to this within people? How would you expect the function of the watch to move forward if some of the gears within had doubts? Now if you really want to look at this with a much broader view look at America as an overall clock and what would you find within the gears? This is where we can apply Matthew 12:25 “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
This is why President Reagan said,”I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living.” Within these messages this week there are much deeper lessons if you take the time to look below the surface. Too many times we look at the gears of the clock and see the corrosion but instead of doing something about it we try to cover it up and then wonder why we can’t move forward.
May I challenge you this morning to lift your eyes up three degrees off of what you see in order to move forward in the spirit of God. If there is some corrosion in your watch may I challenge you to get rid of it through God’s Word for the corrosion of one can affect many others. It is what we focus on that often limits our steps and when we learn to simply step forward placing our trust in God instead of man is when we can discover the blessings of God in the hand of time….
James A. Harrison