Object Lessons

Girdling the Globe

Objects: A globe of the world, a flashlight bulb, fine wire, and dry-cell batteries. (The fine wire can be secured by taking one of the strands from an extension cord. Wrap this wire around the globe in several places and in various directions, terminating it at the negative pole of one of the batteries. Wrap one end of another fine wire around the screw portion of the flashlight bulb, and attach the opposite end to the positive pole of the other battery. Whenever the center contact of the bulb touches the wire, which goes around the globe, the bulb will light. Cover the batteries with white paper.)

This white package contains batteries. Under certain conditions the electricity in the batteries manifests itself. We will let the electricity remind us of God's presence and power. This little bulb will light when I touch the globe in the United States, South America, Africa, China, Japan, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean. The light suggests that God can manifest His presence and power at any place and time He desires.

The Psalmist experienced this truth, and he said, "Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? ... If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me" (Psa. 139:7-11).

When we realize that God manifests His presence and power at all times and in all places, we know that it is foolish for people to try to get away from Him. They should not attempt to run away, but, instead, should accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as their Saviour, and have fellowship with Him wherever they go.

When one becomes a Christian, it is a joy to know that God is in every place, and that the Christian may have His cleansing from sin, and His fellowship and protection at all times.

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