Why doesn’t God just move the nails??


This past weekend, Savannah and I went away for a few days together. We headed out Friday morning for Savannah, GA. Around 9 am, we were driving through Columbia, and we both heard a funny noise…then the back left tire went flat! I pulled over, checked out the damage, and called Don, who gave me the number of the nearest Goodyear to see if they could help me. The Goodyear guy told me I was 6 miles from his store, but was actually just around the corner from another tire shop. I was right by an exit ramp, and he said if I could cripple my way up the exit, the shop was just a couple blocks away. So I did that, and those guys changed my tire in less than 10 minutes! It was amazing. Apparently I had run over some nails…one of them flattened my back tire, and another one was stuck in my front tire. They fixed them both, and I was back on the road in no time. The whole ordeal took exactly 20 minutes! Isn’t that incredible?? I’m pretty sure it’s a miracle! 🙂

When we got back on the interstate, I kept going on and on to Savannah about how awesome God is, and how I was so thankful that He had those people build a tire store right there where we would need it to be!! 🙂 And how good He was to guide Don to tell me to call someone who actually knew about this other shop, and was willing to send me to his competitor! I told her that the whole time I was feeling like God was just carrying us right through that mess, and had everything work out beautifully to get us safely back on the road. I was reminded of that verse “Some trust in chariots, some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Ps 20:7)

At some point, she asked me, “Well, why didn’t He just move the nails out of the road?” That’s a really good question! It’s actually the age-old question!! Why does God allow the bad things to happen? Why does He let the nails get in our way? Hey, we’ve all asked that question at one time or another! The answer is this…If there weren’t nails in the road, we wouldn’t get to see God take care of our flat tires! Like the song “Through It All” says, “If I never had a problem, I wouldn’t know that He could solve them.” Without those nails, we would’ve just cruised on down to GA and would’ve missed the chance to see God sovereignly take care of us!

God just showed me this in my daily Bible reading (hmmm…just in time for me to be able to teach Savannah! what a “coincidence”!) Exodus tells us the story of the plagues, and recently as I was reading this again, I was struck by how many times God emphasizes His purpose in it all: “In order that you may know that I am in Your midst” or “In order to show you My power” ….He says it over and over. THAT is why He doesn’t move the nails. There’s an important purpose in those experiences. God uses those nails to teach us that He is in our midst and to show us His power, and ultimately, to strengthen our faith.

Ex. 14:31 “And when Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.”

Ps. 46:1, 7 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble….The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.”


2 Responses to “Why doesn’t God just move the nails??”

  1. Meredith Says:

    One of my favorite songs and my absolute favorite line of the song: If I never had a problem then I wouldn’t know God could solve it and I’d never know what faith in God could do!

    The sermon yesterday was actually on this topic; why bad things happen to good people. He said the wrong questions is to ask why. Not because it’s not a good question, but because we’ll never get an answer this side of eternity. A better question is who are you God? (He is good, He is powerful, etc.) and what do you want me to do?

  2. Charity Says:

    One of my favorite songs too, Meredith! I just listened to it again the other day, and was reminded of the powerful truth in its words. You’re right…we often do not get the answers here in this life as to why God does what He does…but if we had all the answers, that wouldn’t be faith! 🙂 Faith perseveres, even with no answer in sight!

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