A few days ago I got a letter in the mail soliciting membership in an auto club. For the sum of a few dollars, I was told I could travel worry free. If my vehicle breaks down, they will provide free towing, or gas if I run out, or a jump start, or change my flat tire.
They gave the statistics of how many vehicles break down daily, and how every mile you travel increases your odds of breakdown.
Hmmmm, I’d better jump on this one, right? I mean, after all, my number could be up next trip, right? That’s what they’d like you to think. In fact, they’re hoping that you’re counting on it. So as I was thinking of joining up, the Holy Spirit spoke to me saying, “Now when was the last time you needed a tow, or ran out of gas, or needed a jump start, or someone to change your flat tire?”
And then the Lord showed me something that looked like a motorcycle wheel with spokes. He said, “At the hub of the wheel is either faith, or fear. Everything on the outside of the wheel transmits what it hits to the hub.” If you are in fear, every bump, every rock, every slick spot says you might have a failure. What if you pick up a nail? What if a rock cuts the tire? What if that bump makes me lose control? What if, what if……??

Pretty soon, it’s, “I wonder if this thing is going to start next time, or, will it leave me stranded? Maybe I’d better carry two spares? Or a fuel pump..or a water pump..or some hoses…or a u-joint..or a spare battery? And soon, fear of failure takes the fun out of going anywhere at all. There are people who live in fear every day of their lives. Where does fear come from? Well, let’s look at what fear really is. False Evidence Appearing Real. It makes you worry about what hasn’t even happened or may not even happen. Fear is torment, and torment doesn’t come from God. I realized, that fear was what the auto club was trying to sell me, not service. Now, preparation is good, don’t get me wrong. But they were trying to get me to bet I would have a failure so I would be afraid to drive without their service.
Let’s take this into other areas of our lives. As for me, I’ve been mostly unemployed for two months. I have every opportunity to fear failure. Every morning the devil shouts in my ear “What are ya gonna do NOW?? HUH? You aren’t going to make it out of this one. God may have helped you before, but you’re on your own this time, and I’m gonna chew you up and spit you out!”
 I don’t waste my time engaging in conversation with the devil. Instead, I smack him upside the head with the Word of God.
Phillipians 4:19 says,”But MY GOD shall supply all your need according to the riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Let’s look at the opposite of fear, which is faith. Actually, fear is a kind of faith, it is belief that something bad is going to happen. But the Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

All these years He has kept me safe as I travel, my tank runneth over, my tire flatteth not, and my battery never faileth. What do I need the auto club for?

Romans 8:15 says, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry, ABBA, FATHER.” Now I know to check my tires, make sure I have gas and do what it takes to make sure my vehicle is safe. Beyond that, it’s God’s job to take care of me. I’m His, and He is mine. He isn’t going to forsake me. And I don’t have to pay a yearly membership fee. He paid the price for me. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Verse 13 says, O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.” Has another lord other than God had dominion over you, putting fear into you?
If so, today’s the day to change lords. Out with the “auto club” mentality, and in with the “I trust in you, Lord”
I love to ride motorcycles. Motorcycling can be lots of fun if you don’t get bogged down in the “what if’s”. Yes, it’s possible to get hurt on one, but the fear of getting hurt isn’t going to keep me off of one. I know in whom I am believed. And He never sleeps or slumbers, so if I take a late night ride, He’s there. If I go in the morning, He’s there. Nothing is hidden from His sight, so what do I have to fear? I’m going to enjoy my ride. How about you? What’s the hub of your wheel, faith or fear? Every wheel has a hub, what you make it is your decision, no one else’s. Choose carefully….