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October 2016

From the Pastor

On my way to visit people in the hospital, I was sitting at an intersection waiting for the light to turn green. While lazily watching the traffic, I saw something I have never seen before.

A car passed in front of me and what caught my attention was the front right hood and fender. It looked as if God had come down with an old fashioned can opener and opened the right front corner of the car, scrunching it into what I can only describe as a large metal tab. It was bad.

The twisted metal stuck up farther than the height of the car’s roof. Amazingly, the rest of the car was perfect. Even more amazing was that the driver’s field of view looking forward was not blocked, that is if the driver had been interested in looking forward as she was driving. She was not. Her nose was firmly planted in her smart phone, thumbs texting furiously, as she speedily turned in front of me, driving with her knees.

I do not know how her car ended up looking like an entry into the Becker County Fair Demolition Derby, but I have a pretty good idea. I sat at the light, mouth open, thinking… “There it is, the human condition on display.”

The words of Proverbs 26:11 came to mind. “As a dog returns to it’s vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”

After a quick moment of judgment upon a woman I didn’t know, I saw myself sitting in that drivers seat.
How many times in my struggle against sin, have I found myself repeating what causes pain and destruction?
How many times have I been the dog returning to my own vomit?

The impact was sobering and caused me to reflect upon my own foolishness.
We must not live life disillusioned as if there is no hope and all is lost. At the same time we must also avoid being delusional.

I think the Apostle Paul says it best in a passage I often think of and quote when preaching and teaching.
He writes in Romans 7:21-25,

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

As I sat in the car and all of this ran through my mind, I stopped and prayed, “Lord, Thank you for showing me this.
Thank you for YOUR LOVE FOR US and for inspiring this article!

In His grip,
Pastor Guy Roberts