29 Nov 2017
Cars today are getting pretty advanced. If it looks like you’re going to cross over into another lane, the “Lane Departure Warning” kicks in. If you’re about to hit something, the “Collision Avoidance System” does its thing. Of course, if those don’t work you either have a horn blaring at you, or somebody saying, “Hey, watch out!” And this is what we have with God as well.
We go along in life, and God keeps an eye out for us. If we’re heading in the wrong direction, he’ll let us know. Maybe he pokes at our conscience. Maybe it’s a feeling we get that “something has to change.” Maybe he tells us through the loving concern of a friend. Or maybe it’s through an insight or a blessing of wisdom and understanding.
Both of our readings today highlight God’s watchful care for his people. He lets us know what’s ahead—not to frighten us, but to help us so we can make good decisions; so we can change our course if we need to. It’s one of the ways he is merciful to us. God is like our spiritual “Lane Departure Warning,” our internal “Collision Avoidance System.” Thanks be to God that he’s always looking out for us. It’s one of the many ways he cares for us.