Do you know the rules of the road? Not only to driving a car, but walking in the Way of the Lord? Some of the rules for motorists also serve well the saint in his walk with God.
1. Don’t change lanes quickly. Fast moves court disaster.
Especially after major life changes, it’s not wise to make drastic decisions. Wait before selling the house after the mate has passed away. But even in normal times, proceed with caution before whipping into a different lane. Consider Proverbs 19:2 and 1 Timothy 5:22.
2. It is usually a good thing to signal your intentions. “No surprises” is a good rule in driving.
While you don’t want to announce every idea that pops into your head, share appropriate details of plans with the people who need to know. Communication is the soul of relationships. Reflect on Proverbs 27:5-10 and Hebrews 10:24-25.
3. Keep your distance from the car ahead of you. Tailgating makes the next car’s problem yours as well.
While we all need close relationships, taking on other people’s problems means a fast dive to depression and destruction. See Proverbs 22:24-26 and Galatians 6:5.
4. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. You are responsible for your vehicle and for avoiding obstacles.
Distractions multiply like mosquitos in an Arkansas rice field. Temptations whisper from every dark corner. Apply Proverbs 4:20-27 and Luke 10:38-42 to your life.
5. Stop well ahead of time; sudden stops are dangerous.
Don’t drop the ball or quit a work without providing other saints with the means to continue. Train others, equip the interested but unprepared, teach those who can pick up and carry on. Transitions are a delicate but important process on the highways of the kingdom of God. Ease into John 17:6-18 and 2 Timothy 2:2.
6. Check behind you. You may be able to prevent yourself from getting in a bind because of someone else’s bad driving. And know if that bump in the road was a tree limb or a body.
What kind of wake do you leave behind your life? Looking at the trail you leave may help you to correct some bad behaviors. Check 2 Corinthians 13:5.
7. Adjust to road conditions and traffic flow.
Take stock of what’s happening around you. Don’t surrender truth, but do consider how it will sound to those you encounter. Live by Proverbs 25:20, 27:14, and Colossians 4:6.
8. Read traffic signs. They warn you of the bumps, hills, curves, and changes ahead.
A spouse’s tone of voice or demeanor can give you a heads-up. We can prepare for the seasons of life, by considering where we and others are, and the adjustments needed to flourish in them. Meditate on Matthew 16:1-4.
9. Share the road. Don’t despise the bicycle, nor tuggle with an eighteen-wheeler.
Just because another doesn’t fit your make and model, don’t think he shouldn’t make the journey with you. Read Galatians 3:28.
10. Be rested behind the wheel. A tired driver misses too much — and maybe much of his life.
Dragging your feet will get you left behind. Nodding off in class or sermons or obedience will put you in the ditch. Research Proverbs 6:4-11, 10:5, Matthew 26:40-46, Romans 13:11, and Hebrews 12:12.
11. Don’t drink and drive. A single drink of alcohol affects your driving. Two or more drinks in your bloodstream seriously impairs your perception and reflexes and could result in your arrest.
Avoid anything like alcohol that diminishes your mental capacities and lowers your inhibitions — that will “release” you to do what, in sound mind, you would otherwise refrain from doing. Drinking and driving combine to produce deep regrets. Imbibe Luke 21:34-36 and Ephesians 5:18-21.
12. Be prepared for emergencies. Know what to do if the brakes fail, a tire blows, or the gas pedal sticks. Store in your car what you need for bad moments, like flashlights, flares, gloves to change tires, some basic tools.
It’s what you do before the disaster hits that will enable you to respond well. If the peace of God, the forgiveness of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit are stuffed into your glove compartment, you’ll be prepared to meet any affliction or problem that might appear. Stock up on Proverbs 1:7, 33, Ecclesiastes 11:2, and 1 Thessalonians 3:1-4 and 5:14-24.
13. Know your destination. Save time and money. Why drive around looking for your address and waste precious moments and gasoline?
Rather obvious, isn’t it? Know how to get to heaven. Save your soul. Ponder Acts 2:38-40 and 2 Peter 1:3-11.
Know the rules of the road, not only for driving a vehicle, but for life and eternity.