“Your Roadside Assistance Has Expired!” (Joshua 1:9)



Is that the car next to me?




No, it is my car! How strange. What does it mean?


In the middle of a busy intersection, during rush hour traffic, I found out. It was the precursor to a total engine failure of my car. The car sputtered to an abrupt stop. The engine warnings lights were flashing. I put my hazard lights on but numerous irate drivers behind me let their blaring horns loudly declare their annoyance.


Don’t panic! Okay, call the automobile’s roadside assistance. Fumbling with my smartphone, I speed dialed the number, only to be greeted by an automated reply. I answered the perfunctory questions and then waited for a live person. Ten minutes had passed since I began the call but I was confident that help would soon arrive.


“I’m sorry sir. Your roadside assistance has expired. It expired on the fourth!”


“What?” I was flummoxed. “That was six days ago. Why wasn’t I notified?”


“I’m sorry sir, I can’t help you with that.”


Scrambling, I contacted another roadside assistance and within forty five minutes, a tow truck appeared and delivered my car and myself to the nearest dealer. One never knows how reliable a roadside assistance program will be until one attempts to use it, and invariably, that is for an emergency. A smoldering undercurrent of resentment crept into my psyche as I reflected upon the unreliability of services designed to deliver one from a crisis.


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9 (ESV)


Thanks be to God that His assistance never fails or expires. God will never fail to fulfill His promises to us; He cannot lie. He will always be with us if we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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