Pastor's Pen: Driving tired

As I was driving five hours with a van of teens and an adult leader who could influence them for Christ, I thought of my trips from college and long trips to Delaware. Too many involved me being tired yet determined to make it to my destination. There were times I would look at the road and realize a mile or more had passed and I had somehow missed it. I knew I needed a break.

If you were riding along and the driver was falling asleep you wouldn’t ignore it. You would hit them in the arm and yell, “Stay Awake! Be Alert!” You want them awake so they can pay attention to the road and control the vehicle. You want them alert to cars around them, deer and dangers that could come up suddenly. An unalert driver is a potential danger to themselves and others around them.

Peter knew this is also true for Christ-followers. He said in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” As Christians, we cannot let our guard down, but like driving, many times we push the envelope. We give into our weariness. It is then that Satan will send something to cause us to crash.

The devil, like any enemy, will look for your weakest point and attack. Where are your weak points? Search your heart. Look at your life. Don’t take this lightly. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart.” It’s not a sometimes request, but and always statement. “Guard your heart.”

And just like there are rumble strips that alert you when you’re letting your guard down, God has some as well. He gives the Holy Spirit to convict, His Word to live by and other Christians to correct and instruct. We may not like them. They cause a huge vibration in our lives, but they keep us on the right path.

You can’t just stop paying attention behind the wheel and you can’t stop paying attention when you’re a Christ-follower. Wake up and Follow Christ! “The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11)