I was reading the Word the other morning and came across the verse in Hebrews 2:1 that warns us about drifting away. (“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.“)
As I pondered that verse, I saw a prophetic movie clip play in my mind.
It was of a person on a wooden raft that was just drifting on a lake. That person was a believer but looked lost and unaware of the danger they were in.
You see, the lake was drained by a river, and slowly but surely the river was moving that person towards an end they could not prepare for.
The sway and current of the river, is the same sway that John referenced when he said “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19)
How was this possible? How did a believer in Christ get pulled into the slow moving current of the world, and where was the river taking them?
They were once tethered to the solid foundation of a dock. That foundation is the Word. The same Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. His name is Jesus.
It was the cares of this world and the desire for other things that very subtly loosened the grip the rope had on the dock.
But it gets worse.
The slow moving river current which they were in, was at first exciting, even fun. But then as the river rounded a bend, the speed of the current dramatically increased.
The person on the raft had no control over the direction of the raft. They had to ride the rapids.
To make matters devastatingly worse, they thought the rapids would soon calm down. It wasn’t until they found themselves at the precipice of a great waterfall like Niagara Falls, that they realized, destruction and ruination was their end.
I thought about that scene and wondered if it was true that some of God’s children would actually experience destruction because of the foolish choices they made.
Then I remembered Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” It was true in Hosea’s day and it’s just as true today.
How did it happen? Hosea said they rejected knowledge. You could say, they became untethered to the Word. By choosing other things, they rejected the knowledge God offered to protect and prosper them.
Robert Rubenstien, widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time famously said… “If I miss ONE day of practice….I know it. If I miss TWO days, the critics know it. If I miss THREE days, the WHOLE WORLD knows it!”
I believe I could also say if I miss ONE day of fellowship with the Word (Jesus), I know it… If I miss TWO days, my wife might notice it. If I miss THREE days, it will be obvious to anyone.
While that may not be literally how it works, it is in principle very true, as you yourself must know.
May I encourage you today to spend time in the fellowship of His Word. Linger in it until it comes alive and stay in it until that lifts.
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