Over the past decade, there have been incredible advancements in oil chemistry and auto engine technology that have had a huge effect on how our cars should be serviced, and perhaps most importantly, when they should be.
Despite the fact that automakers today now recommend oil changes for most of their newer vehicles in 7,500, 10,000 and as high as 15,000 mile intervals, millions of dollars every year are still unnecessarily spent by car owners due in large part to the long standing myth that an oil change should be conducted every 3,000 miles.
But thanks to some clever, yet effective marketing tactics from most quick-lube, auto service mechanics, such as quarterly emails or windshield sticker reminders, oil changes remain one of the most requested auto care services.
However, it is extremely important to know that no matter how new or fresh the oil within a car is, it has absolutely no influence over a broken headlight. Regardless of how essential oil may be to an engine, it still cannot fix any alignment issues a car may be having, change its filters and spark plugs, or replace a worn out tire.
There are simply some things that new oil alone cannot satisfy. This is true concerning the cars we drive, but also concerning the lives we live.
“The Lord answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.”
Mentioned in the Bible nearly 200 times, oil was used for a variety of different reasons, some for food and cosmetic needs, and others for anointing people or objects as a sign of consecration. As a substance that can make what is dull shine and smooth to the touch, an abundance of oil was also a sign of great wealth, stability and blessings.
However, in the passage above (Joel 2:19), God made let the children of Israel know that after years of bondage and captivity, He was not just providing them with oil, but with grain and wine as well to sustain them physically. What the children of Israel discovered through this promise is something you and I must always understand:
Our God is just as concerned about what He puts IN US as He is about what He puts ON US.
The destinations God desires for us to reach throughout this year will require us to stop from time to time and allow Him to do a full diagnostic check on our hearts. Even if things seem to be running fine on the outside, God is fully aware of what’s going on inside of us that is in need of extensive repair.
The longer we travel down life’s unpaved roads and navigate around its painful curves, we will soon discover that a simple change of oil is not enough. A car with a missing axle can only travel so far, no matter how ‘anointed’ we may believe it is.
The same is true with our lives.