"We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away." - Hebrews 2:1

I love to be on the open water. Whether on an inner tube, in a small boat, on a larger craft or even on a very large cruise ship, I love being on the water. But a part of enjoying being on open water is having control of your craft; for when we lose control of our craft we begin to drift.

Similarly, if we do not listen to God's Word and really hear it, we will also begin to drift. Neglect always leads to drifting, in things material and physical as well as spiritual. As we drift from the Word, we start to doubt the Word because faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

When we begin to drift, we start to get hard hearts, and this leads to spiritual sluggishness, which produces dullness toward the Word. We become "dull of hearing" (Matt. 13:15)--lazy listeners! This leads to a negative attitude toward the Word to the extent that we willfully disobey God, and this gradually develops into a defiant attitude--we almost "dare" God to do anything!

Now what does God do while this spiritual drift is going on? He keeps loving us, speaking to us, encouraging us to get back to the Word. If we fail to listen and obey, then He begins to convict us. This convicting process is the theme of Hebrews 12.

God always corrects and disciplines in love (Rev. 3:19).

Can you recall a time when you were caught in the drifting, doubting, disobeying, defying cycle? You may have needed to hit rock bottom, to drift far before you would come back to God confident, obedient and full of grace and love.
Do you remember what finally broke you out of your last drift? And more importantly, how can you keep from beginning to drift in the future?

Father I know that it is not You who drift from me, but rather I who drift from You. Continue to love me as I drift aimlessly, until I am able to reconnect to You and come back to You. Bless me Lord. Amen.
Sep 5 2018