I didn’t ask what caused the accident, but it seemed pretty obvious to me. In fact, the likely cause of the accident was still in the driver’s hands – a cell phone.
The official term for using your cell phone behind the wheel is “distracted driving.” “Distracted” seems too sterile of a word, though, for a practice that results in thousands of deaths every year.
In a 2013 survey by AT&T, 98% of people said that texting and driving is unsafe. Yet 49% of them said that they do it.
So while all of us know that something is dangerous, half of us still do it. That makes sense, doesn’t it?
Hebrews 3:7-11 refers to a group of people who should have known better but kept living dangerously too. The Israelites had been provided a clear path ahead by God that would lead them out of slavery in Egypt and into the promises of Canaan. Along the way, though, they became distracted. While the Israelites wanted to go their own way, God said, “They have not known my ways” (Hebrews 3:10).
The writer of Hebrews wants readers to apply the lesson of the Israelites to our lives – “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12).
Just like texting and driving, most people say that not following God’s ways is dangerous. And just like texting and driving, far too many people keep doing things that threaten their spiritual lives.
What about you? What’s distracting you today? Are your eyes on the Lord or are you going your own way? If you continue in the direction you’re going, where will that lead? If you want to be blessed today, keep your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). If you want to be a blessing, help someone else follow him and his ways.