Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - June 30, 2010
Our devotion for today comes from Hebrews 2:1 "We must therefore pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away."
Wherever you are today (Selah), think on this; imagine yourself standing beside a brisk stream atop a mountain. Next, visualize stooping down on safe rock and reaching into the water; watch as your fingers divide the flow and create tiny bubbles that quickly disappear. Now toss in a twig and watch it ricochet between rocks and before working its way to clear sailing midstream. Observe how it goes with the flow. Notice that the current always goes downstream.
Have you ever stopped to realize that it is an impossibility to float upstream? In the exact same way, you cannot drift into godliness, though you certainly can glide in the other direction, can't you? No one intentionally drifts away from God. It happens quietly, gradually, unintentionally, and ignorantly. It happens exactly the way Satan likes for it to work, by stealth.
We drift for several reasons. The neglect of Bible study, prayer, and corporate worship most easily instigate the process of meandering from a godly path. The influence of other people who are not walking with the Lord can also lead you astray. Doubts about God and your purpose in life are other potential causes, as are materialism and a preoccupation with making a living.
Many men seeing themselves as their family's breadwinner really struggle with the pull of this last temptation. Before they know it, good intentions become bad diversions.
Resolve to be diligent against spiritual drifting. The water is clean and invigorating near the source of that mountain stream, but it's much more polluted and tepid the further it flows.
Have a blessed day!
Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III