Drowsiness was creeping its way into my consciousness as I made the long drive through the night. The car began to drift to the right and I was shaken to a fully awake condition by the noisy sound my tires made when they came into contact with the rumble strips. Those rumble strips on the side of the road are very helpful and potentially lifesaving.
Sometimes as we navigate our way along the road of the Christian life we too can get a little drowsy and careless. We can get careless in our relationships, we can flirt with a bitter spirit and sinful attitudes, and we can even steer off the straight and narrow of moral purity. It is very possible for God’s people to find themselves drifting and heading for a major crash in the ditch.
During these times of spiritual drift it is vital for us to have rumble strips in place to wake us up and to steer us back on the road. Having a close friend or spouse who will have enough courage to tell us when we are drifting off course is a tremendous help. We need to value this type of accountability and not resist it. The Bible tells us in Gal. 6:1: “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted”. Another rumble strip we need to have in place is a careful standard of behavior. All of us have weaknesses that can lead to a spiritual wreck. Draw lines regarding relationships with the opposite sex, monitor your internet use, have clear transparency in handling money, and set a watch on your tongue. These rumble strips can save us from a dangerous spiritual crash.
Probably the greatest rumble strip God’s people can have is reading and meditating on scripture. God gives us clear wake up calls all through His Word. As we read the Bible daily and apply it to our lives we will find that we can stay out of the ditch.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation