Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder"1 (Lyrics)
1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (KJV)
The reflection of blue lights flashed in my rear-view mirror. Embarrassed, I pulled over.
"Ma'am, can you explain why you were speeding?"
"Officer, I wasn't paying attention."
When I got home, I looked up the potential consequences: a one-year revocation of license, lawyer and court costs, license points, and so on. I felt nauseous. Rather than worrying further, I prayed, "Father God, this license is Yours to take or to give as You desire. I am in Your hands. I give this situation to You. I am sorry for my sin."
I called my husband, and he called our attorney.
"I might get the charges reduced by ten miles per hour," the lawyer said, "or it could be reduced to 'improper equipment'." He explained his rates. "Do you have questions? And try not to worry. I'll do my best to get this matter resolved."
"Will you be with me in court?"
"You stay home. I will speak to the judge on your behalf. I will represent you."
A few days later, my lawyer called, "Your case has been dismissed."
"Dismissed? As in forgiven?"
"It's better than that."
"Dismissed means that we are acting as if this never happened. It won't appear on your record, and you'll owe no court costs. Your slate is wiped clean. Oh, and by the way, my services are gratis."
The next morning, during my quiet time, I read:
Psalm 86:5 – For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. (KJV)
God is good, and even if my license had been revoked, I would still have reason to believe that this is true.
God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to take the punishment for our transgressions — even those far more serious than traffic violations. Through belief in Jesus, our record of sins has been erased.
Colossians 2:14 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross. (KJV)
Through the shed blood of Jesus, our sins are blotted out. The work that Jesus accomplished is beyond forgiveness; the charges against us have been dismissed.
When I get to heaven, no one will say, "Remember when you were speeding?" Not only was I forgiven, I was re-made — and the same goes for each of us.
2 Corinthians 5:17a – Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. (CEV)
When we give our mistakes to Jesus, He blots out the transgressions as if the situations never happened at all. Our good God knew that we would need a Saviour, so He sent the best Lawyer that mankind could ever dream about. Jesus Christ cares about everything that we care about, and His representation is the best — His free gift to us!
Prayer: Thank You, God, for sending Jesus to wipe my record clean! Amen.