Jesus, Take the Wheel, Please!
Yesterday, while I was volunteering at the local clothing center for those in need, one of our “neighbors,” said in a rather loud but teasing voice, “Take the wheel, Jesus, because I’m about to have a wreck.” I looked at her and questioned what she said and so she repeated the phrase. I laughed and said I had never heard that before, but I liked that her first choice was to turn to Christ. She went on to say that she had learned it from a pastor some years ago and it is a phrase that she often turns to when it looks like she is going to need some extra help. I have to agree that there is no better place to turn than to Jesus, whether life is out of control or not.
The news in the US and abroad in the last few weeks has seemed unusually dismal. Titles such as “Police attacked in Philadelphia,” “El Paso Massacre,” “Dayton Shooter, Obsessed with Violence and Mass Shooting…,” “Unprecedented Protests in Hong Kong and Moscow,” and a plethora of others makes us want to turn to God crying out for help. It seems that a prayer for revival and restoration is needed for both our nation and for the world at large as evil appears prevalent. But as we turn to God to intervene or prevent these things from occurring it is important to remember that before God can turn us to Himself, we must turn away from sin.
Turn to God and see the Light
It is not always easy to admit to our own faults and sins but if we expect to turn to God for help then we must first begin with ourselves. When we turn to God admitting our sins then we can move forward trusting in Him completely. For it is in this place that fear dissipates as our life is secured with eternity. As we turn to Jesus for all things, it allows us to strive every day to show our actions to the world, so that His light is clearly seen.
Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.Psalm 80:19(NLT)
Do you remember the children’s song, “This Little Light of Mine”? This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Hide it under a bushel – NO! I’m gonna let it shine. My favorite part of the song was always when we, as children, got to shout out, “No! I’m gonna let it shine.” In the darkness of our world, it is important that we allow the light of Christ to shine both brightly and loudly.
One light in the dark gives light but when that light is multiplied by many other lights, the darkness can be dispelled. But the light from within comes only from both a commitment and loyalty to God. When we turn fully to God, He helps us see ourselves more clearly so we can seek forgiveness and be restored fully in our fellowship with Him. It is in this place that our light shines the brightest, as we fully place our faith and trust truly in God’s hands for everything that we “treasure.”
Sharing Your Light with Others is the First Step
Can you imagine how bright the world could be if everyone made a commitment to Christ? What our life, community, nations, and world would be like if we took the words of David in Psalm 101 to heart and action, especially in verses 2 and 4?
I will be careful to live a blameless life-
I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.Psalm 101:2 (NLT)
I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.Psalm 101:4 (NLT)
What a bright world it could be if everyone turned to God and loved Him passionately along with loving their neighbors as themselves. (Matthew 22:37, 39) Living a life with the understanding that no matter what occurs, death is not the end. Christ promises that those that believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) There is no middle ground with Jesus, we are either for Him or against Him and once our decision is made with the light, our life should reflect such.
Turn to the Light for All that Matters
There are two actions that believers can take to show the world light. Country musician, Lee Greenwood said, “When things really matter, people see a need to turn to God for strength and protection.” The first action we can take is to pray earnestly for the things that really matter so that a movement of God’s light will outshine the darkness in hopes of a world that turns fully to Christ. Because it is only through the light of Christ that we are saved.
The second action every believer can take is to shine our own personal lights by finding practical ways to show our gratitude and love to others. This allows His light in us to not be hidden under a bushel.
Won’t you take the challenge to turn to God fully seeking His light to shine on the world? Find your conviction to be rooted in your faith as you trust God fully in your life no matter what is happening around you. Show your motivation by allowing His light to shine through you to others, encouraging them to bask in the light too. Surround yourself in comfort knowing that you are protected for eternity as a child of God.
Love in Christ,
The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him for the healing of America- our country is in need of and ready for a spiritual renewal.Ronald Reagan
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you turn to God often? Have you allowed Him to take the wheel to avoid a wreck in your life? Is your light shining in the darkness? Share your thoughts on the importance of turning to God in your personal life and in sharing His light with others.