There are many reasons why someone may swerve on the road.
Reference: v.4 Then Jehoahaz sought the Lord ‘s favor, and the Lord listened to him, for he saw how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: If ever I’m driving along and I see a car ahead of me go outside it’s allocated lines I’m always conscious of not getting too close. If the car is swerving then you know that the driver is distracted somehow. Maybe they are on the phone, maybe there are children in the car talking to them, maybe they are falling asleep at the wheel. There are many reasons why someone may swerve on the road. But because of the risk of getting hit by the car I will make sure I keep my distance from the car incase they were to swerve again.
Application: When it comes to my safety I can very quickly become judgmental. Once a car even moves towards my side of the road I wipe them off as a bad driver. I often do this in other areas of my life too. If someone says a mean thing about me, or the people I love, I find it very difficult to make peace with them. This is not how God deals with people. Again and again, throughout all of history, we see God extend His grace, even to those who don’t deserve it. Even those who were worshipping other gods received God’s grace when they asked Him. He must have known that they would rebel against Him again but God was gracious and kept His promise to protect them. It’s a good reminder for me of how easily I can wipe people off when God continually goes out of His way to accept us all.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for being judgmental and unforgiving. Thank you for the grace you extend to me and may I be more willing to extend it to others. Amen.
Who do you need to extend grace to?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.