Driving is a skill that requires sharp visual acuity, sound judgment, quick and safe reactions, critical thinking, and mentally processing the overall big picture. There are many individuals who fail to pass their initial licensure exams due to poor assessment skills or the inability to demonstrate safe driving skills during their road test.
Motor Vehicle Accidents are responsible for loss of life along with irreparable physical and psychological damage to the victim. So, if statistics are so high, what is preventing the development and implementation of additional safety precautions to measure ongoing competency in licensed drivers?
As a nurse, I am required to meet the criteria for continual education in order to maintain my license. There are ethical standards determined by the Board of Nursing that I have vowed to uphold whether I am practicing clinically or retired from the nursing profession. The most logical answer to decreasing motor vehicle accidents is to increase awareness of public safety by requiring continuing education of drivers. After all, the possession of a driving license requires accountability and the dedicated responsibility of the licensee.
As time passes, the knowledge that we possess becomes watered down, and without reinforcement, our lives reflect poor judgment, inappropriate reactions, and skewed decision- making.
Our spiritual knowledge is at the highest risk for decline; and without the daily study of the Word of God and prayer, we become watered-down Christians. Have you ever heard the most heart-convicting sermon in church or online and excitedly told someone how wonderful the preacher preached, and then when you were asked to explain what the sermon was about, you stumbled to explain? How could you not remember when you were intently listening and promised God that you would recommit your life to him?
Although it may seem unbelievable, there are individuals who attend church on a weekly basis and feel that they have fulfilled their Christian duties to God. Is a weekly visit all that God requires of us for our Salvation? If so, then Jesus certainly did not have to give His life, if we are required to do little to nothing.
Reinforcement is required in order for us to obtain and maintain spiritual growth. We must study the Holy scriptures, pray continuously, sing praises and worship the Most High God on a daily basis. Our relationship with God is dependent upon our obedience: Study to show thyself approved unto God…first part of 2 Timothy 2:15; Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Spiritually, we are at risk for a higher level of harm far greater than our risk for physical harm. Everyday we face an ongoing battle:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
It is only because of God’s love, grace, and mercies, that we do not sustain the full impact of the wickedness in this world. Please realize that Satan cannot completely destroy a Child of God; it is either the will of God that we endure suffering or we may wreak havoc on ourselves by making wayward decisions that are outside of God’s plan for our lives.
The Apostle Paul tells us…So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh…Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 2 Corinthians 12:7-8
In order to prevent us from self-sufficiency and contentment, we must sustain accidents-trials and tribulations. God allows us to endure custom made suffering, in order for us to fully believe that:
…”My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” last part of 2 Corinthians 12:9
Can you pass the test? Remember that God says, “If my people, then I will…”.
Start now with studying the Bible and praying as if your life depends on it! Did you know that your life does depend on fulfilling your part of traveling the Path of Salvation, which includes a dependent relationship with God?
God loves us so much that He has given us talents, spiritual gifts and the ability to pursue our dreams. We should increase our level of knowledge in every aspect of our lives; learn something new, take a class, pursue a hobby, you will develop a broader perspective of life.
Pursue the study of the Word and develop a deep relationship by amping up your communication with God through prayer. Moreover, when you are hit by the enemy, your immediate response will be to report the accident to God by praying without ceasing.
Never forget: God is the Sustainer of our lives!
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. Psalm 95:6
Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11
Prayer for today: Dear God, We acknowledge that you are the Sustainer of our lives. We worship you and we praise your Holy name. As we learn who you are through the study of your Word and prayer, we desire to draw closer to you as never before. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019