Highway to Heaven

While driving on the interstate across state lines you never know what you might see.  While driving behind a semi on the doors to the trailer we saw two things.  On the left was a very large Icthus aka fish symbol.  On the right door were the words “Psalm 22:19.”  In the NASB, that verse reads:

But You, O LORD, be not far off;
O You my help, hasten to my assistance.

Then, as we passed the semi there was a quote in very large letters on the side of the trailer.  I thought it was sort of interesting.

If you give Satan a ride, he will always want to drive.

I like this better than the fish symbols.  I’m not actually a fan of them anyways.  Not only will Satan want to drive if we give him a ride, but he wants to drive anyways!  What’s worse is that without Jesus we want Satan to drive.  I think I can re-write this quote to really cue in on the problem.

If you give Jesus a ride, you will always want to drive.

See, Satan helps us with some of our biggest desires, especially, putting ourselves first.  So often we forget that Satan is real and wants to do real damage to us.  He doesn’t mind helping us damage ourselves either.  Besides, we can’t blame Satan for the sins for which we will answer to God.  We tend to forget something even more serious though.  We forget what Jesus has done for us and what He is actually doing as our intercessor.  I love what Jesus reveals to the Apostle Peter even before the resurrection.

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32 (NASB)

Even while Jesus was physically with Peter Satan wanted and tried to sift Peter.  How much more so does Satan try when we think Jesus is so far off?  Jesus is not far and He is still in control.  When we are struggling with temptations, sin, and our faith we shouldn’t look to our faith for comfort. Our faith, or trust, is what is failing at those moments. We should look to Jesus to strengthen our faith and intercede for us just as He did for Peter.

I don’t care if I’m sitting shotgun, backseat in the middle with my feet on the hump or in the trunk as long as Jesus is driving!

For what it’s worth…


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 P.D. Nelson October 27, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Just out of intellectual curiosity can you articulate your reasons for disliking the ICTHUS fish?

2 johnMark October 28, 2008 at 9:25 am

Hi P.D. Nelson,

I should have been more clear. I dislike the Icthus on the back of vehicles, but not the symbol itself. Not to mention the symbol seemingly has become just another novelty item.

So why not on our vehicles? A vehicle allows us a level of anonymity while driving where we may do stupid, inconsiderate things. The only memorable item that is not anonymous, so to speak, is the Icthus. I include myself in the above descriptive as I once had one on a vehicle I used to own.

Sorry for the confusion.



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