I was driving on a winding rural road with my wife when a pickup truck roared up behind us. It was ‘jacked up’ and had loud mufflers. The noisy machine rode my bumper for some distance, darting out and back in anxiously wanting to pass. Finally, the driver could restrain himself no longer and passed on double yellow lines. He charged blindly up a hill unable to see if someone was coming over the hill from the opposite direction. Am I ever glad he made it, or I might not be writing this devotional.
As you are aware, double yellow lines indicate a no-passing restriction where crossing the lines is prohibited. It is dangerous, if not deadly, to disregard this clear highway warning. In the spiritual world, God has graciously provided us with a set of double yellow lines to guide our behavior. They are the ten commandments found in Exodus 20:1-19. If we chose to ignore them, we do so to our peril. “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences” (Proverbs 22:3). The willful violation of these commandments is sin. God’s word informs us, “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4, NKJV).
While driving on a physical high, it behooves us to observe traffic laws. Over 40,000 people in the U.S. die in traffic accidents each year. Some of the rules, if broken, have less serious consequences than others. They may only result in a warning, a ticket, or a fine. But, recklessly disregarding double yellow lines is just plain foolish and could prove fatal.
Like traffic laws, some Biblical instructions, when disregarded, may not be ‘sins unto death’ (1 John 5:7). But, crossing God’s double yellow lines – the ten commandments – invites disaster. In many respects, it is more reckless to ignore God’s double yellow lines than it is to disregard those on physical highways. To do so on this earth’s roadways may prove devastating, but to do so in the spiritual realm can be eternally fatal.
Watch for the Double Yellow Lines!
~ Brother Roy