On Warranties and Spider Webs

Psalm 121: 7-8

The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Reading through the “Financially Fit” section of Yahoo! I read a timely article regarding protection plans.  (Timely because of the upcoming Christmas shopping season.  How many times have you been asked/shamed/bullied into buying one of these things while completing your gift list.)  The article was titled:  “6 Reasons Why You Should Never Purchase an Extended Warranty.”  The articles sights reasons such as:  “The Necessity of Repairs is Rare.” and “Warranties Are Not Cost Effective.”  But the one explanation I thought was convincing was:  “Extended Warranties are Not Always Effective.”  That’s just great.  You pay extra for peace of mind, only to lose you mind when the won’t fix your item.  Why?  “Extended warranties are typically rife with exclusions and fine print.”

On this night of the second political debate (Obama vs. Romney), I am thinking about the state our country is in.  Whatever be the employment rate or consumer spending rate… everyone knows and feels it in their bones that things aren’t as good as they used to be in this country.  We feel trapped, tired and vulnerable.  Where do we run for protection?  To politicians?  To a diverse portfolio?  How about investing in the latest scam I read about online: “lay off insurance”?

The Bible is clear about where to run: ” The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” (Psalm 18:10)  His protection plan is like no other.

Gary Oliver told the story of a believer by the name of Frederick Nolan.  He was “fleeing from his enemies during a time of persecution in North Africa.  Pursued by them over hill and valley with no place to hide, he fell exhausted into a wayside cave, expecting his enemies to find him soon.

Awaiting his death, he saw a spider weaving a web.  Within minutes, the little bug had woven a beautiful web across the mouth of the cave.  The pursuers arrived and wondered if Nolan was hiding there, but on seeing the unbroken and untangled piece of art, thought it impossible for him to have entered the cave without dismantling the web.  And so they went on.  Having escaped, Nolan burst out and exclaimed:  “Where God is, a spider’s web is like a wall.  Where God is not, a wall is like a spider’s web.”  (What Makes a Man?, Bill McCartney, editor, p. 28.)

Feeling needy?  Vulnerable?  Run to the Lord.  His love is unfailing,  his extended protection never wears out and His web of protection is sure.

  

Matthew 6:13

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

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