Do you remember the first time you got behind the wheel of a car unaccompanied? Did you have the same safety restrictive license they have now? When I turned sixteen I got my license on my birthday. There was no waiting period, no restriction on when you could drive or how many people could ride in the car with you. Needless to say, the Department of Transportation has learned a lot through the years and they’ve imposed different restrictions to help drivers avoid accidents. There are far more people driving on the roads today than when I was a new driver, thus there are more opportunities to make a mistake.
Having a new driver means my inbox gets flooded with things like brochures for Accident Avoidance courses you can take to decrease the likelihood of an accident. You learn maneuvers and how to anticipate what the other driver may or may not do. A dear friend of mine said she put her son through this course and already he has used what he learned on two separate occasions to avoid an accident and he’s just seventeen.
In life the Lord offers us an Accident Avoidance course too. It is free and available to all who are willing to take it. It simply takes time, discipline, and a willingness to learn. It is time in the Word with the Lord.
As we dedicate time to the Word, we learn how to avoid accidents in life, no matter what those around us are doing, and we have the opportunity to share what we learn with our children [Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Deuteronomy 11:19]. The Book of Proverbs alone speaks about the difference between the wise man and the fool over a hundred times. Psalm 119:24 states, “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” As we seek the Lord’s wisdom through the Word of God, we are equipping ourselves to face whatever comes our way. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
Every one of us would do whatever we could to avoid an accident on the road, because we recognize how serious it could be. It could cost us our life or the life of someone we love. Isn’t life the same way? Some situations in life, if handled improperly, could lead to death, ours or another’s [Romans 6:23]. Are you willing to put in the time to avoid an accident? The Instructor is available whenever you are.