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August 31, 2015

Drifting

It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. Hebrews 2:1 (MSG)

I had to laugh when my good friend, Dr. Charles Lowery, recalled the story of when he was about 10 years old and his parents took his brother and him to the beach. He said that his parents set their towels and umbrella on the shore and let the boys go out in the water by themselves. In a short while, he said, “My brother and I looked up from the water and couldn’t find our parents.” As they scanned the beach, he said they spotted them; but, for some reason, they had moved about 20 yards from where they had entered the water. They thought, at first, that their parents were trying to lose them! Then, they noticed that the hotel had moved about the same distance! Only then did it dawn on them that they were the ones that had moved. They had drifted from the spot where they entered the water and didn’t even realize it. 

If you’ve ever been to the beach, you’ve probably experienced the same thing. The current of the water and the tide have a way of shifting your location and, before long, you drift without recognizing how far you’ve gone until you look up. That can happen in life as well. You can drift in your relationship with God, with your spouse, and with your family. We are all prone to drifting. Pressures and distractions cause us to drift. The truth is that we will either live by our priorities or pressures, or by direction or distraction. Which one are you living by today?

Jesus said, 

You will have the Light only a little while longer. Walk while you have the Light [keep on living by it], so that darkness may not overtake and overcome you. He who walks about in the dark does not know where he goes [he is drifting]. John 12:35 (AMP)

God offers us clear direction in His Word if we will follow it. That’s why the writer of Hebrews said, 

It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. Hebrews 2:1 (MSG)

Most of us don’t even realize how far we’ve drifted until we look up or we’re in trouble. Today is a good day to look up. Look up to God in prayer. See if you’ve drifted away. If you feel farther away from God, guess who moved? Move back. God promises us that, if we return to Him, He would return to us! We get to determine how close to God we want to be! In both the Old Testament and New Testament God says, 

If you draw near to Me, I will draw near to you! (James 4:8; Malachi 3:7)

Then, look at your relationships with those closest to you. Have you drifted away? The same principle holds true. Take action today! Recognize how far you’ve drifted away from one another. Be intentional. Return. You don’t have to keep drifting!