STOP SIGNS

Recently the Lord has been dealing with me about speeding.

I’ve been determined not to exceed the speed limit.

And I’ve noticed that I have much more at peace when I drive.

But another thing I’ve noticed is while I’m going the speed limit, everyone around me is determined to keep going as fast as they can – without getting caught.

There’s a lot of peer pressure on the road. People will get behind you and try to creep up right behind you as if they’re saying you HAVE to speed up.

But the law says the speed limit is the speed limit. PERIOD.

The Kingdom of God is much like our roadways.

God’s law tell us how we should live, but our nature tells us to do whatever we want to do as long as we don’t get caught.

The problem is He already knows what we’re doing when we sin – so we never really escape.

And just like the peace I feel when I’m going the speed limit and obeying the law – there is ABUNDANT peace when you know you’re right with God.

It’s funny how the people on the road are breaking the law and trying to pressure you to do the same thing.

But we can’t let what everyone else is doing determine how we behave. We can’t let culture determine what is right or wrong. We have to follow the law.

An amazing thing I’ve noticed – even when drivers whizz past me, oftentimes I catch up with them once they reach a stop sign or stop light.

Their speeding doesn’t cause them to avoid the stop signs.

And in life, living fast doesn’t mean you avoid moments where God is asking you to stop, consider your ways and the consequences.

The parable of the prodigal son in Luke chapter 15 says the son who left home wasted time and energy when he discovered that by riotous living he could not satisfy himself.

And he had to come to a place where he saw that his Father’s house is where true peace and love reside.

The coolest thing about that story is the Father isn’t interested in doling out punishment. He just wanted His son back so He could experience home..

Jesus offers a better way. His love sheds light on all that’s good – and all that’s good for us.

And the coolest thing about Jesus’ story is he’s already paid the price for our sins. And he’s not interested in punishing you.

And for those of us who feel we have to get to where we’re going RIGHT NOW, the Lord wants you to know it’s okay to be patient. We don’t have to rush our destiny. It will meet us if we just stay the course.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

-Philippians 1:6

And sooner later all of us have to deal with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I invite you to welcome him into your heart for there there is great peace.

Until next time, many blessings in the love of our Lord.

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