10 & 2

10 & 2. That is where they say your hands should be when driving down the road. Your head should be on a swivel. You look ahead at the traffic coming towards you. You look through the rearview mirror, then the right, then the left side mirrors. When coming to an intersection, even if you have the right of way, you take heed to the other vehicles, making sure they are not going to pull out in front of you, or just not stop at all.

This is called defensive driving, and if used properly, it will keep you from making what was previously a gorgeous day, into a very bad one.

Our daily spiritual walk, should be no different. We should metaphorically keep our hands at 10 & 2 and take heed to our surroundings.

The phrase take heed is used numerous times in the New Testament scriptures.

In Matthew the sixth chapter and verse one, we are told, “take heed that ye do not your alms before men.” According to Christ, if in fact we do want to be seen of men, we will, “have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.”

This sounds pretty harsh. What can it hurt if we tell a person here or a person there how much money we contribute? Certainly others will be more impressed with us when they know of our generosity…

No. Jesus said in verses two through four of this same chapter, “Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  (3)  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:  (4)  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”

You see, God does not like the proud. In actuality he despises it! The writer of Proverbs tells us this in the eighth chapter verse 13, when he states, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”

Oh… we like to brag!

“Listen to what I said…”

“Did you see what I did?”

“Let me show you what I can do…”

There are more variations of this, but I’m sure you get the point.

God hates this! Proverbs 29.23 says, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

What God loves is the humble. In the second book of Chronicles, chapter seven and verse 14, God tells his people to do a few very small things and he will hear, forgive and heal. They are not hard things to do, unless we are prideful. God very simply tells us to humble ourselves, pray and seek Him. What could be easier than that?

Give God the praise! Give God the glory!!

Humility is part of our defensive driving course and we should practice on it regularly.

10 & 2 everyone…. 10 & 2!


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