by Linda Evans Shepherd @LindaShepherd
I once arrived at the scene of a tragic car accident to pick up my friend, one of the victim-survivors. As I waited for my friend to take an onsite blood test, the traffic detective begin to make small talk. “What were you doing when your friend called you?”
“I was at home.”
“And your husband, he was there?”
“He was out running errands.”
Suddenly the detective asked for my driver’s license. When I handed it to him, he stared at it, then lifted his head and narrowed his eyes. “You were here,” he said.
“You were the one driving your friend’s car.”
My mouth fell open, my voice rose an octave. “No! I only just got here.”
That’s when I realized that I’d suddenly become a suspect in the deadly crash, and I’d just given up my alibi, admitting I was home alone.
I don’t fault the detective for his accusation. I’ve seen that episode on detective shows where the real driver that causes a deadly crash switches places with a friend to avoid a jail sentence.
Maybe the detective had seen those episodes too, or maybe he’d seen people try to play this switch in real life. Regardless, it was the detective’s job to investigate all possibilities.
Because there was no evidence from witnesses or the camera in the intersection that I had been the driver, the accusation was dropped. I wasn’t arrested or given a ticket.
This story reminds me of our enemy, Satan, who loves to accuse us before the throne of God. Revelation 12:10 describes Satan as, “the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night” (NIV).
But we have a defender, also before the throne of God. Romans 8:34 says, “Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us” (NLT).
So though Satan may accuse us, and though we may even be guilty of the sins Satan announces before the throne of God, we are in Christ. This means we are covered by the righteousness of Christ. Because God sees us through Christ, He sees us as sinless.
Think of it like this: suppose you were invited to walk with a great king, but you were wearing a jacket so filthy that it disqualified you from this privilege. But when the king’s son gave you his own clean jacket in exchange for your dirty one, you became spotless enough to walk with the king.
If you’re ready to trade your sins for the righteousness of Christ, pray this simple prayer.
Lord, I am a sinner. Your son Jesus came to earth and lived a sinless life. He died on the cross for my sins, paying my punishment for me. I say ‘Yes’ to Jesus. I say ‘Yes’ to his gift of righteousness. Therefore Lord, I give you my whole life. May your Holy Spirit live inside of me, may I always walk with you. In Jesus’s name, Amen
About the author: Linda Evans Shepherd is the author of 34 books including Praying God’s Promises and The God You Need to Know. She is the CEO of Right to the Heart Ministries and the founder of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She’s the publisher
of Leading Hearts Magazine and Arise Daily.
Linda has been married over thirty years and has two grown kids. She loves to travel and bring the word to groups and events across North America. You can read more about Linda at Arise Speakers.
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