Drift Away – SOAP 12.11.11

Hebrew 2:1

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

Hebrews 4:12 – 13

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Observation

I couldn’t pick just one!  Hebrews 2:1 really spoke to me this morning and Hebrews 4:12-13 is really the answer.  Rarely does one make a decision to walk away from God.  Even if someone says they have, there have been a series of events or conversations or situations leading up to that moment when they said they couldn’t do this anymore.

A  few weeks ago someone told me their friend wasn’t going to church anymore because, “it was too hard to believe.”  I thought of a moment that person had had over the summer that seemed like a turning point and I can’t imagine what happened to make them change their mind.  Was it coming back to non – supportive family or friends, hypocrisy they witnessed, or simply not having the right people around them?  This was truly the parable of scattered seed.

Either way I doubt it was one day they decided God wasn’t there.  We drift.  Usually slowly like a boat on still water.  I think of my childhood boating adventures with my dad, brother and grandpa.  If we got  to a harbor to late we couldn’t tie up to the docks and had to anchor out.  I always equated being at the dock to being at a hotel and anchoring out camping.  I loved the stability and convenience of being tied up to the dock – and the regular bathrooms and showers.

Even with an anchor, boats can float around.  Without the anchor and unmanned, you might not find the boat the next day or know where you are depending on which side of the boat you are on.  To keep from drifting we must return to the anchor- God’s word.  It judges the attitudes of the heart and thoughts, separates  and penetrates.  Any time we get off track, it is there to remind us of God’s love and promises.  Drifting is unfocused wandering in a direction we never intended to go.

Application

I think I already covered this but it bears repeating.  I must be all about God’s word.  When I get off track I need to have the right people around me to lift me up and return me to the path that God has placed me on.

Prayer

Lord, Thank you for your word that continually guides and shapes me.  I can think of many that have drifted from your love and promises and I do not want to be in that collective.  Thank you for not giving up on me.  I have given you many reasons to give up, but you still love me. Bless me and my family today.Amen

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