by Stan Coffey

How God Measures a Man
Dr. Stan Coffey
Judges 11; Hebrews 11:32-33

My dear friend, evangelist Jay Strack tells this story in his book, The Three Success Secrets of Shamgar.

On Feb. 7, 1996 Randall White, Kevin Farr and Brian Hernandez, all 18, spent the evening bowling just outside of Tampa, Florida. A little before midnight, they got into their Chevy Camaro and went for a drive east of town.

As they drove through the intersection of Pinecrest and Keysville roads their car was broadsided by an eight-ton truck. All three were killed instantly.

These teenagers had not been drinking or speeding. They had not been negligent in any other way. Why did the accident happen? Because someone had uprooted the stop sign that normally guarded that intersection.

Three young pranksters, all about the same age as the young men who died, had gone around the Tampa area, taking down stop signs--just to see what would happen. The perpetrators, two boys and a girl were convicted though a state appeals court which later tossed out their convictions because of prosecutorial errors.

Imagine what it would be like if all the stop signs and traffic lights in our society were suddenly removed one night. What kind of chaos would result? How many people would die? Who would want to live in a world without stop signs?

That is exactly the kind of world that Jepthah lived in. A civilization without stop signs where every man did that which was right in their own eyes because there was no king in Israel.

No law, no just, no standard of right and wrong, and yet 3000 years later we live in a society almost like that of Jephthan.

The philosophy of many seems to be I don't care what the word of God says I will do what is right in my own eyes.

But Just as we need traffic laws and stop signs to keep us safe, God His word set up guidelines and principles for us to follow that will ultimately lead to great success.

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