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Power Steering

POWER STEERING...was a marvelous engineering invention. The first power steering system on an automobile was apparently installed in 1876 by a man with the surname Fitts, but little else is known about him. The next power steering system was put on a Columbia 5-ton truck in 1903 where a separate electric motor was used to assist the driver in turning the front wheels. Fast forwarding, Chrysler Corporation introduced the first commercially available passenger car power steering system on the 1951 Chrysler Imperial under the name ‘Hydraguide’. General Motors introduced the 1952 Cadillac with a power steering system.
Please let me have a show of hands of those of you who drove your first car without power steering. Now, another show of hands of those who never knew cars came without power steering. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that these become standard equipment. I remember the large steering wheels. You used both hands to turn and most times to steer safely. Unless, you were cool and had the steering knob! Combine that with your sun-tanned left arm hanging out the window with the breeze blowing your greased-down ducktail hair; and of course a squirrel, fox or raccoon tail on your antenna. Just saying! Remember, we didn’t have auto air conditioning either. There was a lot of play in the non-powered systems. The 14-15″ steering wheel is now standard because it allowed safer steering.

Our eleven-year old grandson, Renzo, loves vintage cars. I hope he continues to study them, and maybe one day own one. ‘Where are you going with this walk down memory lane’, you ask? Well, as I was focusing on this subject, I was drawn to a spiritual lesson for me. Before something becomes a standard equipment item, you have a choice. It may be that the older one was more difficult to use, but you either couldn’t afford the newer item, or you just did not trust it yet. That thought started me to thinking about my trusting in God’s promises. When I became his son in Christ through faith, I became a new creation. If that is so, and it is, why would I not trust him to provide a life that is more effective? This II Corinthians verse goes on to say; “old things have passed away: behold, all things have become new” (vs. 5:17b).
All things being equal, why wouldn’t you choose the power steering? And why would you continue to live in your old life and habits when this new life offers so much more. So many of you make your walk with the Lord so difficult when, in fact, you have the ‘power steering’, the Holy Spirit, to guide our every thought, move and action as standard equipment. Just like the automaker would tell you that this new steering system would really make your automobile driving so much more pleasant and safe, God is telling you the same in your walk with him. In Matthew 11:30 Jesus went so far as to beckon you to cast your trials and burdens on him. “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
It would be like buying a new car with power steering, but you asked the dealer to disconnect it because you were so comfortable with that big steering wheel and you just probably wouldn’t feel nearly as secure with this new assisted steering system. ‘No, I’ll keep struggling and live in the past.’ When all along the benefits would be immensely better. Both new steering and new life in Christ require faith. Can I dare turn loose of the old ways? They are so comfortable. Faith requires stepping out and trusting someone other than yourself. ‘I know he is God, but what if…what if I fail?’
You just might, but he has promised you that he “will never leave nor forsake you”. That is as in NEVER! Failures, successes, back sliding, doubting, fear-you name it. He is personally right there with you in the very midst of your joys and sorrows. Would you call the cross a failure for Jesus? Appears that way on the surface. He even cried out to his Father; “why have you forsaken me? But you know God did not. Jesus humbled himself in trusting obedience and now is seated with the Father at his right hand. Which, I might add, is where you (your soul) are also if you are ‘in Christ’. And his trusting the Father is why you and I are new creations! Boy, am I ever glad Jesus chose obedience, aren’t you? The old covenant of the law is obsolete, just like powerless steering. It was functional at the time, but not any more. You have a new covenant in his blood.
He gives you the freedom of will to choose to trust or reject his offer to make you victorious in your new life. Saved, yes, but where is the joy that comes through living by faith in his promises. Auto manufacturers fail many times to deliver on their promises. God does not! He delivers on all of his. Drive on!
Copyright 2017
Bill C. Dotson
Scripture is taken from the New King James Version
Wikipedia was consulted concerning elements of power steering

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