Traffic Signs and Pardons

Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller’s gift — a pastor’s heart and a poet’s pen. Max’s message is simple: God loves you; let him. Max serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been on staff since 1988. He preaches and writes to... Read More

We cherish pardon, don’t we? I know it well. I know the highway patrolman who oversees it! And now he knows me. He looked at my driver’s license.

“Hmm… aren’t you a minister here in San Antonio?” he asked.
“Yes sir,” I replied.
“On your way to a funeral?” he inquired.
“No,” I said.
The conversation continued: “An emergency?”
“You were going awfully fast.” “I know.”
He offered, “Tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to give you a second chance.”
I sighed. “Thank you,” I said, “and thanks for giving me a sermon illustration on pardon!”

God has posted his traffic signs everywhere we look. In the Universe, in Scripture, even within our own hearts. Yet we persist in disregarding his directions. But God does not give us what we deserve. He has drenched his world in grace. God offers second chances to everyone who asks. And that includes you!