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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.


I went to traffic school a couple years ago. I’m not proud of my speeding ticket, but I am proud of keeping it off of my record by attending a three-hour traffic school lecture that felt like a miniaturized repeated version of driving school from when I was sixteen.

One of my biggest takeaways from driving school is the gray area of speeding. The common myth is that they won’t pull you over if you’re going 5MPH over, but past that is risky. The police officer at driving school set the record straight with a helpful rhyme. Remember this next time you’re running late: “8 is fine. 9 you’re mine.” It turns out that police radar has a potential error range of 8MPH, so supposedly they won’t pull you over for going 8 over. But if you’re 9 over, you’re fair game.

In summary, my main take away was that it’s safe to go 8MPH over the speed limit. Counterproductive traffic school.

But I digress.

Although there seems to be a lot of gray area when it comes to the speed limit, there are a few areas of God’s will for our lives that have no gray areas at all. The Bible has made them crystal clear.

If you’re reading through the New Testament with us, over the past few days, we have covered two of only three places in all of Scripture that specifically states “this is the will of God.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3 – For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Peter 2:15 – For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

There are lots of specifics about God’s will for your life that I do not know. However, there are at least three things that God has spelled out in black and white. I can tell you for sure that this is the will of God: that you would live a life of sexual purity, gratitude, and integrity.

If you were wondering about any of those topics, wonder no more! It’s crystal clear. In fact, it’s so clear that I wouldn’t expect God to give you any further instruction for your life until you are faithful in those areas. He’s not expecting perfection; but He is looking for humble repentance and obedience.

One more thing: slow down when you’re driving. If you get pulled over, don’t quote me on that 8MPH rule!