A Guy You Want Around

what a friendI live in the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky. Many of the men in town gather at Fitch’s Store in the morning for coffee, donuts, etc.  If you have a question, it is the answer place. The group will field questions from most any category. Farming, philosophy, ailments, theology, sports, and politics are but a few of the topics the gathering will tackle.

But, most questions of a ‘who can help me with _________ (fill-in-the blank)’ nature has one answer – Alvin Harris. There are not many problems Alvin will not tackle and solve. Have a plumbing problem, call Alvin. Have an electrical problem, call Alvin. Want a dry-wall man or carpenter, Alvin is your man. Need someone to work on an ATVs or mower, try Alvin.

Recently, I was having problems with the oven in our auto-light stove. The stove was several years old and had long outlived the warranty. I called Alvin. He came and disassembled the mechanism, studied the design, and a couple of hours later had the oven working fine. As a matter of fact, better than ever. One of the burners had never worked, which explained why it took so long to reach desired temperature. Alvin is the kind of guy you want to have around.

In the spiritual realm, Jesus is a guy you want to have around. Jesus is the Answer Man. He is the one who can fix life’s most perplexing problems. Jesus declared, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18, NIV). Life presents us with many problems we may think cannot be fixed. Hear God’s word on the matter: “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NIV). 

Joseph Scriven’s hymn, “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”, shares a wonderful truth:

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do carry everything to God in prayer!

Conclusion: Jesus truly is the kind of guy you want to have around.

~ Brother Roy

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