It was a classic police chase. Sirens blasted as squad cars sped down the highway in hot pursuit of a car thief. Little did the thief know police were more interested in saving his life than in apprehending the car. Local radio stations broadcast announcements, hoping to somehow contact him. On the front seat of the stolen car lay a box of crackers laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. The thief had put his life in grave danger. The authorities would do everything in their power to keep him from harm.

Like the poor thief, Christians often flee God’s pursuit, unaware He wants to save us from the heartache and misery of pursuing our own way. We see the warning lights and hear the sirens behind us, but continue down our path toward destruction. It will only be a matter of time before we’re caught. The only way we can avoid moral disaster is by heeding God’s warnings to turn from our sin and obey His Word. He promises lasting peace when we submit to Him.

If you’ve ever had a speeding ticket, you know what it’s like to be pursued by the law.  God may have pursued you through a convicting message in church. Maybe you’ve experienced God’s judgment as a teenager. Don’t flee from judgment. God is more interested in saving your life than in punishing your offenses. He wants you to have peace. Turn onto the path of obedience today: it’s the shortest route to Peace Place.

There is never any peace for those who resist God. —François Fénelon

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.