Grace For The Journey
As I was growing up, my dad would us kids take us out fishing in nearby lakes and on vacation. One of the things I remember about those times is after going out into a particular part of the lake that had underwater cover for the fish, dad out turn off the engine, we would either drop our lines overboard or cast our lures out, and then the boat would drift in the direction of the wind. It was a lot of fun, but after a while the boat would drift into shore or out from where the fish were, and we would reel in the lines, start the engine, and head back out into deeper water. This is a technique called “drifting” and it allows you to cover a larger area of water and catch more fish than just sitting in one spot.
In the Christian life, there is something I call “the devil’s drift,” which happens when we have shut our spiritual engine off for too long and allow the currents, or winds, of life to take us where they want us to go. And make no mistake, where the currents of life want us to go is not where God is calling us to be!
I want to call your attention to an important truth today – drift happens slowly, silently, almost imperceptibly. In no time at all, it can take us from deep water to dangerously shallow water, and ultimately onto the rocks if we are not paying attention.
What starts as a little neglect here and a little neglect there winds up a dangerous habit or pattern of life. We skip our time of daily devotion. We miss a service or two. We neglect our prayer time. We add more and more to our professional and social plates and before we know it, we find ourselves in a place we don’t want to be and don’t even know how we got there!
So how do we deal with the devil’s drift?
You see, when my dad was operating the boat as it drifted he had to pay close attention to the location of the boat. He focused intentionally on the position of the boat to ensure it did not drift into danger. The same should be true for the Christian. We must continually fight against the devil’s drift. We must be intentional about our walk with Christ. We must intentionally plan our work and work our plan, making sure we do not push our Lord out to the periphery of our lives.
The Bible says in Hebrews 2:1, “Therefore, we must give the more earnest heed to the thing we have heard, lest we drift away.”
The account of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:1-15 is an example of how we fall into this pattern and also gives us great advice for avoiding it in the future:
Satan’s opening volley was not a blistering attack on God; it was a simply a question that he wanted Eve to think about – “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’” (Genesis 3:1). Actually, God had said that she could eat of every tree but one. But Satan twisted the facts to suit his purposes and to lead Eve’s mind to the conclusion that God was not the generous God she had known Him to be. Once she had let her heart drift to the wrong conclusion, it was easy for her to believe Satan’s lie that God just wanted to keep her from being as knowledgeable as He is and that the threat of them dying was just God’s way of scaring them into compliance with His stingy ways. They got distracted and lost sight of what God had said.
Satan still sets us adrift by planting doubt about God’s Word and spinning the facts to his own evil advantage.
Once we begin to suspect God
Instead of trusting Him,
We inevitably drift away from Him.
So, beware! Your life is full of scenarios where Satan can put his deceitful twist on your experiences. He is the original and greatest spin-doctor and he does all he can to lead us away from God and from trusting in His Word.
Note this truth:
There is no intention needed when it comes to drifting.
Just turn off the engine and let the currents of life take you where they want you to go. You will inevitably drift away from our Lord.
To keep from drifting we must be intentional.
As we focus on Christ, even when the currents are their strongest, He is stronger still and will hold fast to us. Jesus gives us this promise in John 10:28, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”
If you are a born-again child of God, and you have been suffering from a bit of drifting in your life lately, fear not. You may feel far from God, but He is not far from you. You may have moved a great distance away but He has not moved an inch! His promise to never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) is your power to intentionally turn back toward Him.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”