Wandering (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 201)
Hebrews 3:12 (NLT)
Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.
A gradual wandering away from God happens when a believer does not intentionally place his life on the path that follows God’s will. If we were to release a certain number of boats into the water with no one to row them and nothing to anchor them, the boats will drift wherever they want. Drifting away from God may not be intentional, but it can have devastating consequences when we allow other things and people to get in between us and the Savior.
A life outside of the will of God is subject to chaos, confusion, and an eradication of conscience. God sends the Holy Spirit to speak to our souls when we have fallen out of line but he does not make us get back in line. We tend to ignore warning signs that often precede a major disaster. But when God pricks our hearts with the fine-toothed comb, he is challenging us to examine ourselves in great detail for a reason.
People drift from God when they are searching for more, usually more answers to which God has been silent to for a reason. But wandering away from our faith often leaves us with wrong attitudes, complacent spirits, and restless hearts that are deeply yearning for grace, mercy, and hope that can only be found in Jesus. If you find yourself far away from God than you thought you would be, make the trek back to the path of victory and eternal satisfaction.
“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
— D.A. Carson