AT-FAULT WITH GOD - The Warrior's Journey®


Author: Brendon O'Dowd, USAF (Ret.)

190218-F-DY859-0060. Photo by US Air Force is licensed under CC By 2.0

I still remember my first car accident as a teenager.  My careless crossing of lanes took out the front end of a Lincoln Town Car…

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…I was at-fault and that meant I was liable for the damage to my parent’s car as well as for the Lincoln.  Fortunately, I had insurance that covered both losses.  If I didn’t have insurance, I would have been stuck paying all the expenses out of a very inadequate checking account!

There are a few insurance companies that cater to military members and their families, yet even their financial backing will dry up if you pile up enough at-fault accidents needing big cash payouts.  The companies certainly have the monetary resources to cover a few accidents but imagine if you had an accident a day.  Your monthly insurance premium would never be enough.

Does God operate the same way as an insurance company?  Are you required to pay a regular premium (i.e., pray, read your Bible, etc.) to show your loyalty so God will protect and provide for you whenever you need it?  What if you have too many at-fault mistakes, will God drop His coverage of you?

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Consider all the times you are at-fault in your interactions at work and in your family.  Even if it’s 3 times a day, that adds up over a lifetime.  God can’t and won’t ignore each at-fault instance because true justice demands payment.  That’s what you expect when someone hits your car.  You can’t and won’t absorb the cost of repairs.  You demand justice.  God demands no less.

That’s why Christ is so much better than an insurance policy.  He paid for all our at-fault thoughts, words, and deeds because He loves us!  He cancelled “the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14).  He paid with His own flesh because ultimate justice can’t happen any other way.

Are you ready to admit you are at-fault and owe God a great debt?  Are you ready to ask Jesus to pay your debt?  Don’t let another day go by in debt to God for your sin.


Lord, help me to be honest that I am in debt to You.  Help me to see that I am at-fault more than I would like to admit.  I acknowledge and accept Jesus’ payment on the cross for my sins.  Forgive me and renew me today.

Photos: (By Marines, Licensed under CC by NC 2.0) (By US Air Force, Licensed under CC nu NC 2.0)

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