May 22, 2010
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
There is nothing that frustrates me more than to drive down the highway and have somebody coming from the other direction forget to turn off their bright lights.
Normally I just flash my brights at them, and they turn theirs down. Normally.
On the other hand there are exceptions like what happened last night. Last night, I flashed my brights at them and they left theirs on. Should I tell you I was tempted to give them a dose of their own medicine?
I really wanted, just about more than anything else, to put my brights on and leave them on. After all, my reasoning goes, it would serve that inconsiderate driver right.
Today I'm glad I didn't do it. Such an action would have been childish. Besides which, there may be a reason why they didn't turn their lights down. After all, maybe the switch isn't working, or they can't see very well when the lights are dimmed.
Nope, I'm glad I didn't leave my brights on.
This takes me to the spiritual part of the devotion. All of us have to give thanks that the Lord doesn't punish us or pay us back every time we make mistakes.
Our life would be mighty miserable if He did.
Instead of giving us what we deserve, His grace grants us that which we never had coming -- His Son, our Savior, who continues to love us, forgive us, and help us.
This is what we need to do for others.
If they hurt us, either out of stupidity, ignorance, or downright nastiness, we need to forgive. Humanly speaking, it's not the most satisfying way to go, but it's a far more sensible way to lead our lives.
Now, if we Christians can just get people to do the same for us, especially when they're driving with their bright lights on, I'll be happy.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, You are the bright spot in my life. I pray I may treat others with the same care and compassion You have shown to me. This I pray in the Name of the Savior who returned love for hate, heaven for hell, forgiveness for punishment. In His Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries