speedoGod showed me a number years ago that my cavalier attitude toward the speed limit was disobedience and therefore willful sin. So now-a-days I set my cruise on what ever the speed limit is and try to never break the law.
I spend quite a bit of time on the expressway commuting from my home in Seymour Indiana to Indianapolis (about 70 miles north). Because of my conviction to never break the law and therefore break faith with my Lord Jesus Christ, I get passed a lot. I have often wondered if the lawless behavior was unique to a certain demographic of people group. Perhaps younger adults or sports cars were the culprits.  Maybe is it just older men with sour looks on their faces or soccer moms trying get all the shopping done before school lets out.  Nope, it seems that disregard for the law comes in all sizes and shapes. No matter whether your bumper tells me you are “Proud parent of an Eagle Scout” or that you want me to follow you to church, regard for my safety and for 1 Timothy 2:11-17 are less important than their need for speed.

As you can tell I have a fairly strong conviction about how speeding is a clear violation of the the Word of God and therefore a stumbling block for the Christain walk. Many of my friends chided me and told me I was off my rocker so I searched the scriptures for what God says about the matter. Here is a little Bible Study you may find interesting on the matter. Let me warn you – it might take a little longer to work tomorrow…

Start at 1 Timothy 2:11-17. God tells us to obey the governors of the land in which we live. Verse 13 is very prescriptive telling us to follow the law for “the sake of the Lord”.

Titus 3:1-2 tells us to obey the local government and to do it happily.

Go to Romans 13:1-10.   Verse 2 says that my 73MPH to flow with traffic is actually resisting God.

In Matthew 24:12 Jesus says “because lawlessness will abound” our our love will grow cold.

Breaking the law has become intentional and normal. Jesus knew this was a problem because he knew history. Read the story of King Ahab that starts with “it bacame trivial for him to walk in sin”. (1 Kings 16:31)

Finally read Proverbs 28:9 God is telling us “If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.” Imagine one of your children in need of prayer and knowing that your prayers for that child were detestable to God because you needed to break the law.

I am not stupid nor am I perfect. I have been pulled for my share of well deserved speeding tickets for “Going with the flow of traffic”. And I know this teaching is not popular or easy to follow. But I do know that my actions speak louder than my words. Isn’t it wonderful when your actions provide opportunity to tell some one about the love of God and how Jesus came to provided the way for them to live… forever? Image that co-worker who’s mother is about to endure and you are in a perfect agreement with God and ready to lift this need to the throne of God for and with them.

Next time you are out on 1-65 and see that slow poke in the right lane going only 70, I hope you will check your speed… and your obediance.  Let’s honor our God the way he desires to be honored, through our obedience. 1 Samuel 15:22