So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1
The bible does say that in the last days, the love of many will wax cold. Apart from the big names coming out to denounce their faith or those questioning the authenticity of the bible, there are many other people who find themselves in this situation. Sadly the very truth they once upheld has become untrue to them. This reality that is playing out before us truly grieves my heart and i am sure the heart of many believers. Watching our family members in the body denouncing The Rock who is our foundation should not excite our spirit.
Pondering on what has been going on, i have seen myself go through several emotions. I have been angry at what is going on and how hard the devil is working at getting many out of the safe boat. I have come to realise that it is very easy to drift away. People don’t backslide overnight. It is a process.
In the above scripture, we are urged to listen very carefully to the truth we have heard. It doesn’t just say listen. But it emphasises on the need for careful listening. One of the reasons why people are drifting away is as a result of not listening carefully. When we study scripture so we can teach others how to live right instead of us using that scripture as a compass for ourselves also, we are doing ourselves a great injustice. In this case, the students learn while the teacher learns nothing.
Another reason for careful listening is so we can filter ‘wheat from the chaff’. With so many interpretations of the word of God, it is very vital to listen and read everything from the lens of the bible. This is why i personally believe that when you get to the point where you no longer study the bible at all or you are comfortable not studying the bible, there is a red flag there. The word of God is the truth. How do we know the truth when we don’t like the place where it resides?
Paying careful attention is hard work. It entails discipline. I can read a book without paying careful attention to it. The result of this is that i will end up most likely not knowing what the book is truly about. But when i am paying careful attention, i am involving my mind, body and all my senses in that study. This isn’t easy to do. For me to use the whole of me it means that i have to push through the stage of reading and gathering information to actually doing; obeying the instructions of the bible. I am sure many of us have that one thing which we have heard again and again but we just don’t practice or not consistent in practicing. Some people know everything about how to save money. They have read every book on it, listened to every motivational speaker that talks about it, follow all social media handles of people who are gurus in this topic but they still don’t save a penny a month. Not because they can’t afford to (although some are in this category) but mostly because they have not cultivated the discipline of saving.
This same principle applies to studying the word of God. There are people who have heard and read so much about the important of studying the bible but have never picked up their bible once to study. We don’t lack information in our world. We lack the discipline to obey.
Every believer is in danger of drifting away. Hence the bible cautions us to watch and pray and also tells us that our adversary the devil is constantly seeking whom to devour. It tells us to take heed not to fall into temptation and also that we should not become complacent with our faith. If we think we are standing firm, we should be careful so we don’t fall.
Speaking of complacency, i think it is very easy for people raised in bible believing families and churches to become too familiar with the scriptures and loose being in awe of it. It is easy to become an intellectual christian and not be renewed. Mental assent to Christ’s leadership is not sufficient to be Christ’s disciple. Casual belief is not it. Careful listening, understanding and obeying the bible is.
This post is more important now than ever. Let’s not loose our joy of salvation. This battle is spiritual. There is more to it than what we see with our physical eyes. The devil is out to get you and me. So we’ve got to stay vigilant as we walk in obedience. If you are questioning your faith, please speak to a fellow believer who is more spiritually matured so you can get the help you need. Also pray for God to restore the joy of your salvation.
If you are experiencing any kind of warfare against your spiritual walk, then my post on how to fight spiritual warfare will benefit you greatly.
I pray we all finish strong.