Driving would be a treacherous activity if we could not see what was behind us. Looking ahead is important and decidedly easier because we have eyes in the front of our head. Despite what some children believe about their mothers, human beings were not graced with visual sight from behind. That is the reason driving instruction emphasizes the use of side and rearview mirrors. As we proceed, we can do so with a degree of confidence that a collision is not in our future, nor is the likelihood of hitting, injuring, or killing a person or animal.
God has given us His law-word. In it are the accounts of those blessed due to their obedience, as well as accounts of those who reaped the consequences of disobedience. His law-word also gives us the remedy for the inevitable transgressions we commit: repentance, followed by the conviction that we go and sin no more (John 8:11).
The law is, therefore, that rearview mirror that allows us to proceed ahead reducing the chances of collisions. For this reason, education is not godly unless a child learns the proper use of this “mirror” to help guide him into maturity. Any subject that omits God as the creator and definer of all things, and that bypasses the command to love God with one’s entire being, heart, mind, soul, and strength, is counterfeit and wicked.
Try driving on the roadways of life without mirrors and see how far you get and in what shape you end up. Moreover, do not be surprised when your family, community, or culture looks like a wreck. That is what happens when a society abandons the instructions for living—the law and the gospel.
Jesus Christ identifies Himself as the Alpha and the Omega. In modern parlance, that would be like saying “everything from A to Z.” In other words, we must begin with the Son of God in our thinking and when we arrive at our conclusions, we should find Him there as well. We will then be reflective mirrors to the world of the person and work of our Savior.