The second new car I ever bought was a 1972 Fiat, model 128. It was a good little car. It rode well and handled well.
The fuel economy was excellent (you may remember the focus on fuel economy in the early ‘70’s). At that time I do not believe I gave a thought to the interesting choice of a company name by the folks who engineered and built the car; Fiat.
If you take a moment to look at the word itself, it speaks about “a command or act of will that creates something without or as if without further effort”. Wow! Even though I did like my little Fiat 128 car, it’s pretty hard to connect that classic definition with the vehicle. When you get right down to it, if you want to think about “fiat” in a classic setting it is necessary to begin at Genesis 1:1.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Fiat, absolute authority, belongs to God.
That’s a pretty big leap from a 1972, four-door automobile to the absolute authority of the Triune God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is also a “faith-empowered” leap which brings us to the truth that God’s “fiat” of unchanging and unchangeable love is why He came here in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the “faith-empowered” leap which brings us to the absolute knowledge, the complete assurance that in our Savior Jesus we are now and will be – for eternity – children who reside with Him in the perfect peace and joy of heaven.
Thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your perfect love which never wavered. Because of Your perfect love, our Lord Jesus came here to bring us back to complete communion with You. In perfect harmony with Your will, Your Holy Spirit instills the faith in us that we need in order to hold these truths and enjoy Your mercy and love, both now here in time and in eternity to come.
In the name of our Savior, Jesus. Amen.
-Meet Pastor Rod-
Pastor Rod, a life-long Lutheran, graduated from the University of Minnesota and Concordia Theological Seminary.
As a ‘retired Pastor’, Rod stays busy serving local pulpits, leading worship in Senior resident facilities, and writing for the blog.
Pastor Rod lives in Savannah with his wife Deb along with their four- legged furry children (their doggies of course).
With Deb, Pastor Rod especially loves to travel spending time with children & grandchildren.
But most notably, Pastor Rod looks great in a hat!