Friday: August 7th, 2020
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me
A quick internet search coupled with some simple calculations will reveal that approximately 66% of Americans have driver’s licences, compared to around 50% in the UK. Globally however, the percentage is a lot lower, averaging around 20%. Why are we talking about licences today? These documents are what would primarily be the authorisation to get behind the wheels of a vehicle for which one is qualified to drive.
Nonetheless, whether one has a licence or not, the moment you get into any seat of a vehicle other than the driver’s seat, you have little control over how the vehicle moves. You can give opinions and so forth, but you are not the driver. In this car called life, the words of Jesus draw our attention to our position in the moving vehicle. The message renders today’s text as this “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.”
I guess we forget this sometimes. It isn’t that our licences are invalid or we are not permitted to drive – it is rather because we do not have the requisite experience, entire body of knowledge or clarity of road layout ahead to safely navigate our vehicle. My dear, possessing a licence does not necessarily make you the safest driver, and there are times when you have to hand the keys over and get into the passenger’s seat.
In that seat, however, you have to bear in mind that the vehicle is no longer in your hands. You have to trust the driver into whose hands you entrust the keys to ensure your safe arrival at the intended destination. And truth is, the safest pair of hands is that of the Lord for in His hands and on His watch, you can count on guaranteed arrival.