The Thompson family station wagon rumbled down the dusty country road. “Dad, are we there yet?” yelled Janet, Robbie, and Trevor. Just as the choir of high-pitched voices reached its peak, a thud resounded from the back of the car.

“Pull over. I think we have a flat, John,” urged Mrs. Thompson.

Mr. Thompson pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car. Sure enough, the back left tire of the station wagon hissed as air escaped through a gaping hole. As Mr. Thompson checked inside the trunk, his eyes widened and his pulse quickened. There was no spare tire to be found. The family had to call a tow truck to get to the nearest car dealer for a loaner vehicle.

Have you ever thought about how people treat a spare tire? Often, no one pays attention to it until it is desperately needed. A spare tire never receives any praise for what it does. Sadly, that is usually how Christians treat God. In our text of Psalm 30:1-3, David praises the Lord for His constant protection and deliverance. Instead of using God for a quick fix, we should thank Him continually as David did for allowing us to live another day.

Are you guilty of treating the Lord like a spare tire? Do you only remember Him when you are in desperate need? Why not take a moment to praise Him right now for all that He has done for you.

The time to pray is not when we are in a tight spot but just as soon as we get out of it. —Josh Billings

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder