So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1
As I was reading this scripture the other day, the word drift caught my eye. Obviously, the writer of Hebrews was issuing a warning here. If I am honest, some warnings I tend to gloss over. I may not pay as much attention to them, especially when I was younger. I am sure it was pride plus not trusting that the person giving the warning knows what they are talking about. No one knows who wrote the book of Hebrews, but as we read through it, he seems to be a wise man, both experienced in the Hebrew law and he understands people. As I have grown older and experienced more of life, I realize those warnings apply to me as they do anyone else.
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in the final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. Hebrews 1:1-2. So what is the author’s warning to us? That we should not forget those things we have heard and received about our Lord. We must remember that He is everything that was written in chapter 1. He is the heir of all things. He made the world. He cleansed our sins. He sat down at the right hand of the Father in the place of honor. He holds all things by the word of His power. These are the type of things we are not to forget. We cannot let the ways of the world and our own soul allow us to drift away from the reality of who our Lord really is. When this happens, the reality that He really is Lord fades, and then we start to drift into our own ways. A drifting boat has two options. Crashing on shore—or start the engine and control the direction.
Living as long as I have, I have seen the shipwreck of those who have lost their first love. It starts slowly. Missing a service or two, then other things begin to fill up their Sundays. They would love to speak of the things of God and His Word, then those things were not as important to focus on because their Bible sat unopened on their shelf. Worldly culture replaced godly culture. Instead of praising the Lord, swearing moved in. I’ve seen marriages lost because people drifted a part. Relationships with children became boring routines. No warmth, caring or engagement—just drifting a part. When engines of our life become disengaged no matter the area, drifting happens—and the eventual shipwreck takes place.
There are so many warnings in the Bible about people falling away, and usually that falling away begins with just drifting away. Brothers and sisters, please do not let it be you. Please choose to heed God’s Word. Anchor yourself in its truths. Establish your relationship with Him. Persevere when times get tough. Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
The good news is the Holy Spirit is always working to draw us to Him. But, as a dear mentor always said “He is a gentleman. He will not push His way in.” These are serious days, and we need to understand that. Choices we make affect us. But also the choices we do not make can affect us even more. Those are the ones that happen because we are drifting and usually lead to regret. Let’s engage our engines, be productive citizens of heaven and earth and avoid shipwreck!
Father, I ask you to show us where we maybe drifting in our relationship with you, our spouse, our children or others. I thank you for stirring us up today to engage our engines and keep us from drifting. Let us be the examples to encourage others to keep on going. You are so worth it. In Jesus’ Name, amen.