12.28.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Jesus, Take the Wheel

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• As I was reading my Bible this morning, I came across a verse that made me do a double take.

In 2 Kings 9:20, when Jehu killed Joram and Ahaziah, it says, “The lookout reported, ‘He has reached them, but he isn’t coming back either. The driving is like that of Jehu son of Nimshi—he drives like a maniac.’”

I’ve read the Bible several times and so I know I’ve seen this before, but it didn’t fully register until this morning.

You just don’t expect to read “he drives like a maniac” in ancient Scripture.

We talk about it on modern day roads, but…

Anyway, it made me chuckle a bit.

Out of context, I know…

I used to be that maniac driver.

People who ride with me now are surprised because I’m actually a slow driver.

I’m all about hands at 10 and 2, staying in the far right lane, and going the speed limit.

Maybe a little slower if it’s raining.

But after my last speeding ticket about 12 years ago — when I was pulled for going 95 in a 65, it finally clicked that I wasn’t really getting anywhere substantially sooner.

It certainly wasn’t worth the risk of my life or others to violate the rules of the road.

They are in place for a reason.

I’m sure you see where I’m going here…

The same could be true for my spiritual life.

Some years ago, I drove through life with abandon.

I didn’t care to follow God’s rules.

I was in the driver’s seat.

When I finally pulled over and said to Him “I’m tired. I don’t know where I’m going. You drive,” it was the best decision of my life.

Don’t get me wrong.

There are times when I want to lean over and grab the wheel.

But I try very hard to simply trust.

It’s an ongoing lesson I’ll be perfecting for the rest of my life.

Proverbs 1:32-33 says, “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

We don’t need to fear surrendering control to God.

When we allow Jesus to “take the wheel,” we no longer have to worry about the potholes of life.

Sure, we may go through some construction zones when the Holy Spirit wants us to make some changes, but we can trust His navigation.

He never gets lost and He never runs late.

Today, as you pray, thank God for His willingness to drive.

Thank Him that He never wanted you or expected you to take your life journey alone.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you sit back and trust.

That even on the curviest, most intimidating roads, you’ll be fully aware of His presence and His power.

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