Note: The AMI Quiet Time Devotionals from October 17-23 are provided by Pastor David Kwon of Journey Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Devotional Thought for Today
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
On a family vacation a few months ago, one of the activities I did with my daughters was paddle boating. The paddleboat was powered and steered depending on the amount of pressure put on the right and left paddles. We would paddle hard to go fast, but when we would grow weary and took a break and stopped paddling, we would slowly drift away. Then we would have to quickly get back on course by paddling again.
In today’s passage, the writer of Hebrews warns us about drifting (v. 1). Though these verses have often stirred up controversy because some think that it means that you can lose your faith, I do not think that is what is meant. Remember that Hebrews is written to Jewish Christians who were thinking of returning to the old covenant. The warning is not to drift from the gospel message in light of the great salvation it brings (v. 3).
So how can we drift? I want to give two ways we can drift in our own walk with Christ:
1. Familiarity with the Truth – Once we start becoming too familiar with the message of the gospel, we can often drift and not find Christ and His kingdom glorious and worthy as when we first encountered Him.
2. Busyness – In the modern world we live in, we can get overwhelmed with busyness in our lives. When are constantly busy, we often lose sight of what is important, which is the exellencies of Christ and His kingdom.
So what are we called to do? One practical application is to hold on to God’s Word—to treasure and hold on to the Word so that we would not drift away from Him. In closing, here is what Pastor John Piper says:
“Hebrews says that if we do not vigilantly pay closer attention to the Word of God, we will float by — we will drift away from God’s Word. That is the point here: there is no standing still. The life of this world is not a lake. It is a river. And it is flowing downward to destruction. If you do not listen earnestly to Jesus and consider him daily and fix your eyes on him hourly, then you will not stand still; you will go backward. You will float by.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the warning You give us in Your Word about drifting. May our hearts cling on to You and Your Word. May we find Jesus more glorious and beautiful every passing day. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Philippians 1
Lunch Break Study
Read Psalm 1: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Questions to Consider
- What is the key to “blessedness” in this Psalm?
- How is the blessed man described?
- Does this picture resemble our lives today? Why or why not?
- One who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked and as one who delights in the Word of God.
- The psalmist describes the blessed man as someone who is rooted in the Word; and in any season of life, they will prosper.
- Think about where your life is today. Are you rooted in Him? Are you delighting in the Word consistently? Think of some ways you can apply this passage in your life.
Spend some extra time reading God’s Word. Ask the Lord for a great love for it and that you would be one who meditates on it day and night.