The Voice

“Absolutely Unnecessary!” 
“Pointless!”
“Makes No Sense!”

Lately, I have found myself repeating these proclamations while making my way to the church office. The event is always the same. I carefully drive through the construction clutter that will someday be called I-69. (Personally, I’m counting on Jesus returning before it’s finished anyway). I am forced to travel north past my former left turn onto Sample Road, (which is closed) and arrive at Simpson Chapel Road where I turn left and circle back around to the south. 

And there it is!

At the point where Simpson Chapel Rd. and Sample Rd come back together, there stands the object of my disdain. Bright red and glowing in the light of my headlights.

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A stop sign! 

An interruption to the flow of my progress. A factor that will contribute to the wear and tear on brake pads. A hindrance to my arrival at my office where I plan to do important, spiritual things today. In short…a pain!

I ask myself, “Why is it here, anyway?”  From my vantage point, I can see clearly in both directions. It is not like a 4-way stop sign which is designed to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic through an intersection and I know of no accidents that have occurred here. So, after reasoning through the process, which took only a few seconds, I execute one of those patented “rolling stops” and continue on my way.  

And then it happens!  

That voice. That quiet, but very clear, voice.  That same voice I hear when I drive away from home with my seatbelt someplace other than around my waist. That voice that speaks when I am doing something I know I really shouldn’t be doing.  It matters not whether the thing I’m about to do is significant or trivial to my way of thinking. The voice is faithful and consistent. 

And here is what I heard…

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

And I recognize those words from Romans, chapter 13. 

And so, I resolve to be more obedient the next time I come upon those annoying red signs. 
Why? You might ask. It seems like such a little thing to roll through a stop sign without actually stopping. Because…the Bible says,

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” - Luke 16:10 

And because the Voice is always right!

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Rick
Senior Pastor

 

Rick Amerine

Rick is the Senior Pastor at Maple Grove Christian Church, where he has served for over 25 years.