Psalm 26:9 – Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men
One time on my way to work, I was sitting in traffic waiting to move forward when suddenly I was rear-ended. As it turns out, I was at the front of a three-car pileup. The vehicle behind me was hit hard by another vehicle behind them, and they subsequently hit me. By the grace of God no one was seriously hurt and no other vehicles were impacted. It was a mess and only made traffic worse.
When finally the police officer arrived, he start with taking down my information, saying, “I will start with you since you are the least guilty one here.” The statement struck me as so appropriate and comical in an otherwise unpleasant experience. While I was technically guiltless for this incident, this officer was clearly aware of the depravity of mankind. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
While guilt can be assigned for being an accessory of a crime, sometimes we just find ourselves in the wrong company, but no one is guiltless before God without the grace of Jesus Christ. Our hope is not to be gathered up with sinners in the condemnation, and so we place our hope in the atonement of Jesus’ blood. So if you ever wonder why God does not destroy the wicked, just remember that you and I are not guiltless, and He just might be preserving the ungodly for your sake.
In Jesus’ words, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” – Matthew 13:24-30
So while you are waiting traffic today, pray for the wheat and the tares in the field of God, because He is the one who decides when and how to harvest. You just may be the least guilty one today.