Slow Down

Speed limits seem to be ‘suggestions’ to most drivers. Admittedly, I am not the most perfect at keeping the limit; I grace myself with a few extra MPHs over what the sign reads–maybe 3-4 extras. Then there are others who nearly take the paint off the side of my car, whizzing by as if there are no speed limits at all.

So my first complaint in my dialogue with the Lord was: “How come they seem to get by with this excessive speed over the limit, when I cannot get by with doing it?” The answer was not what I wanted to hear.

“I hold you more accountable.”

Early in my more serious walk with the Lord, I was taught that we are responsible to the Lord for what light He has made known to us. I am accountable for the truth that He has made known to me. Therefore, His light has shown upon speed limit signs, and He has made it clear to me that I am to honor those limits. [sigh]

“All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen {including speed laws to be enforced}. Those who now rule have been chosen by God. So whoever opposes the authorities opposes leaders whom God has appointed {ummm, guilty}. Those who do that will be judged. If you do what is right, you won’t need to be afraid of your rulers. But watch out if you do what is wrong! You don’t want to be afraid of those in authority, do you? Then do what is right and you will be praised. The one in authority serves God for your good…” Romans 13: 1-4 NIRV [inserts by me]

In our human nature, we tend to push the boundaries. We want safety, but we want it within our own rules of freedom. As I push those 3-4 extra MPH’s, I am insisting that the speed law can be adjusted to my own rules–until I read the above scripture, which declares: “Those who do that will be judged.”

Slowing down, for my own good.


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