Scripture Reading: Obadiah 1-21 / Hebrews 2:1-18 / Proverbs 26:13-22
One winter a bird was seen on a piece of wood floating down the river towards Niagara Falls. It was enjoying the movement of the swiftly gliding stream and it had no sense of danger. Why should it be afraid…it had wings! It could just fly away even at the point of danger. The bird rested free from care on the piece of wood that carried it down near the falls edge.
When it reached the point of danger it tried to fly, but it couldn’t. The river's mist had frozen its wings, and it plunged over the falls to its death. There is a real threat and spiritual danger of drifting in a world of temptation and allurement. Paul admonishes, “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Hebrews 2:1)
There is a subtle and deceitful power of a gentle drifting current. An apathetic and inattentive ship will easily drift off course. It doesn’t take any energy to float down stream. All that’s necessary is to relax, do nothing, and go with the flow. It is easy to get caught up in the worldly influences around us. There are undercurrents of opinion, habit and compromise that influence our course.
When we drift from our charted course of Christlikeness, our spiritual senses become duller. We are lulled into a lifestyle of false security. When we finally realize how off course we are, we are spiritually incapable to change course. Like Samson, we shake ourselves like in times past but don’t recognize the Spirit of God has departed from us.
There is a serious danger of drifting into circumstances that we cannot free ourselves from no matter how hard we try. What is the answer…how can we protect our lives from drifting off the spiritual course God has mapped out for us? We must first be alert and disciplined to stay the course. We must decide to do it and it is a choice we must make.
We are to be careful…very careful. No one ever by “chance” drifts towards Christ. It is easy to follow our natural instincts and sinful nature. It takes faith and spiritual resiliency to go against the waves of the world. We must be spiritually attentive and determined.
Of great importance on every ship is the anchor. It secures them to a determined and stable position where they will not drift aimlessly. Our anchor is Christ, His supremacy, His Lordship, His keeping and saving power. Christ is able to keep that which we commit to Him…He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly all that we ask or think…He will never leave us or forsake us…we will not drift when we are anchored in Him!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!