Driving a car is a necessity and privilege that comes with great responsibility. I have vivid memories of getting behind the wheel on the country roads in southern Indiana where I honed my skills as a driver. Similar to most young boys at this stage of life, rules were less of a priority than simply experiencing the freedom and rush of punching the gas and going. Or the laid back “coolness” of cruising. Yeah, back in the 80’s in Scottsburg, Indiana there were two things to do on Friday night: go to the basketball game, then cruise main street. As a young driver, it was a generally safe and conducive environment to further development my driving skills and comfort behind the wheel. I’m so grateful for those days, my parents and my Driver’s Ed instructor who put their life on the line teaching me how to drive. They showed great patience and passed on the necessary knowledge and “rules of the road” to have the best chance for success and safety as a driver.
Driving is a metaphor for life. It can be a great ride but there are a lot of potholes and tricky curves along they way. Some we can see coming, and many we can’t. Fortunately, we have some clear instructions and wisdom in God’s Word that help us navigate and, if we are smart, we will pay attention.
“Get wisdom, get understanding, do not forget my words or swerve from them.” - Proverbs 4:5
Like a young driver, we struggle to “stay in our lane.” We tend to swerve in and out of the path intended for our safety or the limits that are there to preserve order. We forget that we not only jeopardize ourselves but many others as well. Have you ever considered the domino effect of a traffic accident? It’s profound. When we step out of God’s wisdom and guidelines for our life we put ourselves and others a great risk. But when we live within the precepts of God’s Word, we find great freedom and are able to enjoy and be fulfilled in the open road of a life in Christ.
KEEP STUDYING, KEEP HONING, KEEP LEARNING
So keep studying the manual. Keep honing your skills and learning from the experiences God allows you to go through.
“Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.” - Proverbs 4:10-11