Twice in the past week, I have been driving down a road only to see flashing lights, fire trucks, and police cars. One incident was a house fire where the emergency vehicles completely blocked the road and I had to take a detour to get to work. The next time I was driving down a road only to be passed by a police car that was responding to an accident at a railroad track crossing. I had to backtrack and find a different route to my destination.
Now, one incident was odd enough, but two started me thinking. Where were places in my life that I needed to stop, slow down, learn a lesson, or go in a completely different direction?
Proverbs 8:32-36 says, “Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”
If I approached the accident sites and tried to get through even if they were blocked, my behavior would be saying, “the rules don’t apply to me.” That is not what Scripture tells me. All rules apply to all people. If I pay attention and honor the rules as they are set up, I will be blessed.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer” (Proverbs 9:10-12).
The next time I see lights and hear sirens I will remember that God set up His kingdom in the same way. If I follow the rules I will find blessings, if I don’t I will suffer.
(See Deuteronomy 26:16-19 through chapter 28 of Deuteronomy for more examples of blessings and consequences).