Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Open Road .. Narrow Path - OBEYING TRAFFIC LAWS

So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

“To obey or not to obey?” that is the question popping in to my head each time I approach a traffic signal. Some of you may be thinking in your mind “Yes, of course obey, it’s for your safety” and others “No, don’t obey under any circumstance” and still another mindset might be “You should obey but only if you think it’s best for you.” My hesitation to obey traffic laws is tied in to fear.

Traffic signals can be tricky on a road bike. At a traffic signal, I am to cross over the protective “white line” pass through the right turn lane and merge in to the thru lane. This course of action intentionally subjects me to potential contact with vehicular momentum. Non-verbal communication takes place at its very best when eye contact occurs between communicators. Unspoken cues between a driver and a bike rider trouble me because eye contact is unlikely. I must convince myself to obey the traffic laws. My preference is to go directly from the bike lane up on to the sidewalk and pass thru the intersection using the pedestrian cross walk.

In most of life’s circumstances where fear encourages disobedience to God’s commands, should we “Obey or not Obey?

Who responded to fear?
·        Jonah ran and hid from God when told to go to Nineveh.
·        Abram lied and told Pharaoh his wife was His sister.
·        Aaron built a gold calf to worship when he thought Moses was dead on the mountain.

Who obeyed God?
·        Despite harrowing odds Joshua crossed the Jordan in to Gilgal.
·        King Jehoshaphat went in to battle bearing only flags for weapons.
·        Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water.

Man made laws are imperfect. God’s commands are perfect. The makers of the traffic laws are not standing next to me protecting me as I obey; whereas, God is always with me to strengthen me and keep me from stumbling (Isaiah 41:10).

You would think this truth to be enough to convince us to obey God’s commands in all fearful circumstances but the reality is our fears often trump our trust in God’s power and sovereignty. We do not believe God is who He says He is and we do not believe He can do what He says He can do. 

The challenge is for us to ponder and weigh the consequence if we disobey against the blessing if we trust God and obey?

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