40 Days of Prayer: Day 38
I was riding on I-95 yesterday minding my own business when a semitruck appeared out of nowhere in my lane headed right for me. For a moment, I’ll admit, I was a little nervous, but I quickly realized with my supernatural deductive reasoning skills that the truck was being hauled by another semitruck which was driving in the correct direction—away from me. Being the careful driver that I am, I took the opportunity to snap a quick pic. Don’t worry, I slowed down to a manageable 72 mph and steadied the stearing wheel with my well trained knee while I got the shot. (I am exaggerating, of course. No emails, please.)
Take a look at the picture again. Imagine with me that the truck really was in your lane. What thoughts would go through your mind? It’s a big truck. It weighs around 32,000 pounds (16 tons) empty, and your car weighs around 4,400 pounds (2.2 tons) or less. This is not going to end well if something doesn’t change. My pulse is accelerating just thinking about it.
On a deeper level, have you ever felt like the choices you have made have put you in the direct path of an emotional semitruck? Have you ever felt like you were speeding toward devastation while it was speeding toward you? If you said yes, you are not alone. We have all made bad choices. Notice that I’m talking about choices and not mistakes. A mistake is something that you accidently do. A choice requires weighing the options and selecting one, and we have all made bad choices. We have looked at our options, understood each consequence and still chosen the one that hurts us.
“Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard…”
— Romans 3:23a (NCV)
Just because we have all made bad choices doesn’t excuse us; neither should it condemn us forever. Jesus knew that we would fail at times. He understood that our weaknesses would lead us to places that we shouldn’t go. In this understanding, He made a choice of His own.
“Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ. God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins.”
— Romans 3:23-25 (NCV)
Consider the second picture. The next time you feel emotionally broken on the side of the road. The cross has come to pick you up and carry you to safety. Jesus has come to restore that which has been broken either by your choices or someone else’s. Will you accept His help? Will you accept His “free gift”?