Drinking Deeply

Monday, September 11, 2006 at 8:02 PM

Vengeance is Mine declares the Lord

Today, while I was inside a restaurant, a car backed out of a parking spot, hit my car and sped off.

No one was hurt or anything, but the car is a little sadder looking now. Front fender is a little damaged.

Thankfully, a concerned passerby took down the license number and make and color of the car and called it in. The police quickly found the car and brought him in for questioning.

I couldn't help but think of this passage.

Romans 13:1-5

1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

The Lord has instituted the governing authorities for the peace and protection of the land. It is appointed by God to reward good and punish evil. In this way, the man will get his reward on this earth. Sin has it's consequences in this age and the age(s?) to come. Justice will be served.

There is a lot to be thankful for. No one was hurt. With (I'm sure, but Lord willing) a little bit of work, insurance will cover the costs of the repair. The governing authority, as grounded in secularism as it is, still works.

I was even reminded of so many different truths. The reality of our depraved nature (we try to get away with our sins, as if no one is looking), the graciousness of God (someone was looking and concerned enough to take down relevant info), the temporal aspect of all things (that car is just a hunk of metal, no matter how much money and time we spend on it), the joy in knowing God and resting in Him and not His gifts.

Yet another reminder of Romans 8:28

28And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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