The Speeding Ticket

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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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God is good, and even if my license had been revoked, I would still have reason to believe that this is true.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.

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Diane Virginia Cunio <>
Germanton, North Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great words of encouragement, Diane.

    Thanks, Diane. What an amazing God we have!

    Good one Diane.

    What a perfect devotional. Thank you, Diane.

    Thank you, Diane, for sharing this devotional with us. God is so good to us! Blessings.

    Hi Diane
    Thank you for this encouraging devotional. God always amazes me!!!
    God bless.

    Good for you and this case. Let me have the name of that pro-bono attorney!

    Hello Diane,
    Praise the Lord! He is ever on duty to handle our life situations. Our God ‘s love is so powerful and never ending.
    Bless you for this writing.

    Thank you, Diane, for your words of encouragement in your devotion today. It was just what I needed to hear. I often don’t sleep well at night, and during those awake times all my insecurities about myself flood over me. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus has ‘wiped the slate clean.’ We have a loving Saviour who cares enough to erase our
    mistakes and remember them no more.
    May the Peace of Christ be with you.

    What a wonderful reminder of what the Lord Jesus has done for each of us. All we have to do is receive the gift He offers.

    Today I was very upset with somebody who was behaving in a very irrational way.
    I told the Lord all the things I felt like saying to her but told Him I knew he would not want me to say those things so won’t.
    I prayed for wisdom.
    A half hour later the person called me. She had done exactly what she needed to do.
    Praise the Lord!

    Dear Diane,
    A garage man did not re-position my seat when he had it in a reversed position after changing my oil.
    It was in a position where I could not reach the brake properly and almost caused me an accident.
    I praise God that He kept me safe.
    Thank God for safety.

    Thank you, Diane, for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

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