Thursday, 1/23/14 - [A Reason For Our Troubles]
I shared in our bible class last night, an incident I had yesterday that typifies our human tendencies, those which in turn get us into trouble time and time again. I was making a visit in an area on the outskirts of town where I had not been before. As I was coming back home, I had not even traveled a mile when I was pulled over by a police car. I had no idea why since I was moving at about 30 MPH and it was hardly1 PM. I even mentioned that to the policeman, who in turn advised me that in that residential area the speed limit is 20 MPH always. He was polite but proceeded to write my ticket anyway.
I don’t even remember the last time I got a speeding ticket; for sure it was in the previous century. And I did not say a word to the officer but calmly took the ticket and drove away. However, for several hours after the incident, I just could not get it out of my mind. To be honest, I was extremely mad and these thoughts raced through my mind: “Speed trap! Cop makes his quota. Never been in a residential area with a permanent 20 MPH limit. Wait till I stand before their judge, I’ll tell him.” In time, I realized I really had no one to blame but myself. Sure I saw the 2O MPH signs but I assumed they were the school zone type and not yet in force. Whatever happened to paying close attention to all traffic signs? Are we not all like thatsometimes? We get into trouble ourselves but we look around to see if we can find someone or something else to blame. We are like those David wrote about in Psalm 15:7 who fall into the hole they themselves dug up.
Today, more than ever, it seems like everyone is looking for reasons why they have suffered or not succeeded in life. High profile individuals are suddenly announcing to the world that they were abused as children or talk about bad and unlucky breaks, or the unfairness and injustices of life in general. As God’s children, we need to make a sincere effort not to fall into this dangerous way of thinking. We need to start being accountable and honest with ourselves, and to “man up”, as athletes are prone to say. That is what God wants too. That is why David, in his psalm of repentance wrote: Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts (Ps. 51:6) Let the world continue to look for excuses, but with God’s help we will be different.
Memory verse for the week:
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. (Romans 13:7 KJV)