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He who did not spare His own Son but gave
Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously
give us all things? Romans 8:32


There are people who have tempers, and there are people
who have tempers!   

This devotion deals with a 16-year-old teenage boy who has
a temper. It begins with him having had an argument with his
parents. Now an argument between a teenage boy and his
parents is not the kind of stuff that makes the news. Indeed,
this argument would have gone unnoticed and unmentioned
if it were not for the fact that this boy has a temper.

After the fight the boy ran away, managed to make it to the
San Jose Airport where he hopped the security fence and
climbed into the wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45,
which was scheduled to make a five and a half hour flight to
Maui, one of the Hawaiian Islands. No, that's not right. Maybe
I should say the jet was scheduled and made a five and a half
hour flight to Maui.

The plane cruised at 38,000 feet. The outside temperature got
down to 80 degrees below zero.

Experts say the lad probably passed out sometime after the
plane went above 10,000 feet. We have to rely on the opinions
of experts because the boy remembers very little of his escapade.
All he can recall is when the authorities picked him up as he was
wandering aimlessly around the Maui airport's tarmac.

The FBI says it is a miracle the boy with a temper is alive. The
airline, a bit more cautious in its evaluation, says he is "lucky to
have survived." Both are probably right. While there are documented
reports of wheel-well stowaways surviving, most don't.

Now, there is any number of morals one could draw from this story.
One would be if you want to get somewhere safely on a plane, buy
a ticket. Another might be don't rely on luck or miracles to get you
to your final destination. Still, the lesson which seems most fitting
is don't lose your temper.

You see, my friends, there are a lot of people who lose their temper
with God. They think He is unjust, uncaring, vindictive, and a whole
host of other uncomplimentary adjectives. These folks lose their
temper with God, and they run away from Him.

That is a dangerous thing to do. It is dangerous because, without
God and the salvation which Jesus has won, they are not going to
survive. There is no miracle, no amount of luck, which is going to
help them.

No, don't lose your temper with God. He, who has given and
sustains your life, has also sacrificed His Son. This He has done
out of His fatherly divine goodness, grace and mercy. He has done
everything necessary so you can be saved, which also means He
won't do anything that is not ultimately and finally for your own good.

When you come to believe that, you simply can't lose your temper
with your loving Lord.


Dear Lord, forgive my pride, my temper, and any question I might
have concerning Your good intentions. Help me see that You, who
have given Your Son to win my salvation, will also do that which is
right and best for me. In Jesus' Name I pray it. Amen.

Pastor Klaus

(Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries)

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