Road Rage

2 Kings 9:20balso the driving is like the driving of Jehu son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously (AMP).

The large sports vehicle flew by me and toward the oncoming cars. At the last minute, he slammed on his breaks, and cut past my bumper, just in time to save his skin and rattle mine. We were not amused! Other drivers honked their disapproval, shook their fists and tried to regroup their nerves. Then I noticed the SUV’s fluorescent green bumper sticker which boasted the words I SERVE JESUS.  Surely some items must have fallen off the serving tray during that little escapade!

Jehu, too was a terrible driver. In fact the NIV says that he drove like a madman! Centuries later, road rage continues. In today’s traffic? Speeding? Not using signal lights? Cutting others off? Carrying a baseball bat in the trunk to threaten another driver? Yelling at passing drivers? Shouting matches in the parking lot? Intoxicated driving? Driving on the wrong side of the road? Refusing to obey traffic signs?

If we insist on driving that way, we should at least remove the Jesus bumper sticker from our car. It is already obvious to others that Jesus has little influence in that vehicle or that life.

Prayer: Lord, we confess that our bad driving comes from our love of self. When we persist in acting like we are the most important people in the world, remind us of the truth that we are to be nothing but obedient servants and the world’s example of what you are like.  Amen 

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