June 28, 2008
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
The lady was driving along quite peacefully when a police car turned on his lights and siren and pulled her over.
The surprise of being pulled over was increased when a cameraman pulled up and took a picture of the officer giving her a flower. The officer said, "Congratulations, you are the first woman to get an orchid for Safe Driving Week. We've been following you for some time and want to commend you for observing the law."
Her picture, which appeared in the paper the next day, showed a nervous-looking lady. I'm not surprised. She hadn't been to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and she was driving with an expired license.
Most of us are like that lady. As we look at the things we've done wrong, we fully expect God to pull us over and give us a very strong reprimand. How surprised we are when God stops us and, rather than writing us up for our wrongdoings, offers us a gift, the gift of salvation which comes through His Son's sacrifice and third-day resurrection.
Now if God has, somewhere in your life stopped you and shown you His grace, I am glad. Even so, there are many who have had no such contact with the Christ. Indeed, there may be somebody in your life, someone special who needs to be pulled over by the Lord and be shown his Savior.
Today, we pray for that special someone. Let's ask the Lord to pull him over, and let's pray this special someone doesn't put the pedal to the metal trying to get away from the Lord and His Gift.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, today I bring before you a very special person. (NAME.) Please, pull him over and touch him with Your great grace. Let him realize the depth of Your love and the special spiritual significance of the Savior's sacrifice. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries