Failure To Yield The Right Of Way
“I speak after the manner of men (in human terms) because of the infirmity (weakness) of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.” Romans 6:19
I have worked in the insurance industry now for five years as an auto claims adjuster. I have adjusted claims from all over the United States and have seen things happen to cars that I did not think was possible. Part of my job includes taking recorded statements, asking specific questions about what happened in the accident. When I first started, they gave us templates to guide us, but after doing it for some time, the questions now come organically. There are statements that are longer than others, and a good statement should paint a clear picture of what took place in the accident.
The recorded statement is a useful tool in determining fault as some accidents are not as clear cut as they seem. Although you sometimes get facts of loss that are difficult to decipher, you also get some claims that are pretty easy to figure out. I recently took a claim that was pretty clear cut and I thought it would go quite smoothly. One of our members took a left hand turn out of parking lot and ran into the side of a vehicle that was traveling in the center lane. Two lanes of traffic had stopped to allow him to complete his left turn, but he failed to consider the vehicle in the center lane.
I took the statement, reviewed the evidence, and placed our member at fault. He did not take it well. He was adamant that he had done no wrong and was more concerned that there was a car in the center lane. He did not take into consideration that the other car had a right to be in the center lane, but he was more concerned where the other car was headed. I told him that he failed to yield the right of way, but he could not seem to understand that he was at fault. Failing to yield the right of way is a pretty big breach, but he refused to see what he did wrong.
Christians sometimes wonder why they can't obtain victory over sin. It has been said that if you have two dogs in a fight, the dog you feed the most will win. We often have a desire to do right but we do not desire the self-discipline to yield to righteousness and holiness. We try to have one foot in the world and one foot living for God. We desire holiness but do not take any attempts to yield to God, and we cannot understand why our prayers go unanswered and we feel powerless to overcome sin in our life.
Do you struggle with doing right? Which “dog” are you feeding the most - your flesh or your spirit? How is your time with God? Are you spending time in His Word and in prayer? You cannot live for God if you don't spend time with Him. May we not be guilty of failing to yield the right of way to that which is right and may we yield ourselves to righteousness unto holiness. Joshua 24:15 states,“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood (river), or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Who will you serve today?
Stay in the fight!