Slower traffic keep to the right! As a driver there is nothing more aggravating than someone going slow in the passing lane. When that slow driver remains in the passing lane he not only creates traffic jams, he creates a dangerous situation for all drivers.
We live in a fast paced world where patience has been pushed to the curb when it comes to driving on our nation’s highways. We are so time oriented and yet we continue to cram more things into the same twenty-four hours. We fill slighted when someone prevents us from accomplishing or packed agendas. Road rage is becoming an everyday occurrence.
Eph. 4:1-2 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love.
There is a spiritual application to our topic; slower traffic keep to the right. In the verse above we are called to “walk” in a manner worthy of our calling. Our journey with the Lord is not a foot race we’re trying to win, but a relationship we’re walking in. Any relationship we try to rush never reaches its destination, but often leaves wrecked lives and damaged hearts in its path.
Notice again, we are to walk in manner worthy of our “calling”. Our calling is by God’s design and timing. He desires for us to go the speed limit, not get in the fast lane rushing to a destination that He alone has mapped out. His driving directions are these. Deut. 5:32-33 “So you shall observe to do just as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33 You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.
If we look to verse 2 of Ephesians 4 we will see the demeanor that is required for us to remain in the right lane. He tells us to walk with Him in all humility, gentleness with patience showing forbearance toward one another in love. These qualities would make our highways a whole lot safer today if we would abide by them, but our relationship with Jesus Christ would be much richer if we wait upon the Lord.
Ps 25:3 Indeed, none of those who wait for Thee will be ashamed; but being unwilling to wait upon the Lord can lead us into shameful situations. Ps 62:5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. Slower traffic keep to the right; it’s where the soul finds its rest and where our hope leads us safely to our destination.
2 Peter 3:8-9 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. Stay in the right lane!