Settle the Matter
My last day in Kenya we were enjoying a picnic lunch on the way back to Nairobi from our safari in the Maasai Mara. “So, Zack, are you going to take the bus back to Kakamega tonight?” “No, tonight I’m hanging out with you and Sammy at the Baptist Seminary. Then after we take you to the airport tomorrow night, I’ll head for home.” That’s when I realized that Zack and Sammy were twenty-four hours off on my departure time. They had looked at the date on my ticket but didn’t look carefully at the time. I did leave on the 30th, but at 12:00 AM—midnight that night. It took a little convincing, but when they realized that my flight for Paris left the gate in a few hours, we ended our casual picnic, jumped in the van, and headed north to Nairobi. We had time, but in Kenya you never know. One accident on a two lane road, and we could be held up for hours.
It wasn’t an accident. It was a Kenyan police officer motioning Clement, our driver, to pull over. He’s logged hundreds of hours in Kenya and watched his speed like a hawk, but the officer insisted that they had him on radar going seven km/h over the limit. It didn’t take Sammy long to get out of the vehicle and enter the discussion. His older brother is assistant police chief in a city a few miles west of where we got stopped and Sammy decided to use his Nyaranga name. Both Sammy and Clement were persistent. “Take us to the judge now. We must settle this thing quickly. Show us the radar.” Zack told me it was time to pray as a stop like this can take all day long. Sammy kept pressing. There was urgency and persistence in his plea.
It’s one thing to be trying to settle a Kenyan speeding ticket dispute. It’s another thing when God has caught us red handed in our sin. This is not the time to delay, make excuses, or claim innocence. Listen to how Jesus says we should handle this issue of guilt with His Father.
“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you’re going with your accuser to the magistrate, on the way work hard to come to a settlement. For if you don’t settle, your adversary will drag you before the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the bailiff and the bailiff will throw you into prison. I tell you, you will not get out of prison until you have paid the last penny.” Luke 12:57-59
Jesus isn’t talking about a speeding ticket. He’s dealing with the case His Father has against us. In the first century He offered Himself to His people as the Messiah who could forgive their sin (Lk. 1:77, 5:20, 31). He’s still offering us this forgiveness today, and He is still saying if we don’t build our house on Jesus, it will collapse (Lk. 6:46-49). It’s urgent! If you haven’t trusted Jesus to settle your debt of sin, it’s time to do it now!
LORD, break through all the deception that rejects Your just, holy anger against sin. Use the urgency of Jesus’ words to move any one reading this devo who hasn’t turned to Jesus, accepted who He is, and allowed Him to pay the penalty for their guilt before You, to nail down this decision today.
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