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Disastrous Drifting

July 8, 2017


Disastrous Drifting

It happens time and again.     We’re driving somewhere  with good intentions  of getting there.     But,  the road is long  and soon we’re distracted.     Maybe we see something  of great interest  and take our eyes  off the road.     Before we realize it,  we’re in the ditch,  or have drifted  into the opposite lane  and have a fatal  head-on crash.

Another scenario might be  getting tired  at the wheel  and falling asleep.     The car drifts  off the highway,  often killing the driver  and passengers.

To drift  is to get off course,  being carried along  by winds,  currents,  or circumstances.     It’s drifting  with the circumstances  in our lives  that we’re concerned about.

Chapter 1  of the Epistle to the Hebrews  describes some prophecies  that prove  that Jesus is our Lord and Savior  who was promised  down through the ages.     Those prophecies are  set down  as just some  of the absolute proofs  that we must  pay attention to  —  if we want to reach  our heavenly home  and inherit salvation.

Then,  referring to all these proofs,  Hebrews 2:1 admonishes us,   “For this reason  we must pay  much closer attention  to what we have heard,  lest we drift away  from it.”

Here is our gift  of salvation  in Jesus Christ.     We have  all the proof  anyone needs  to be absolutely sure  that Jesus is God  come down  to this earth,  to suffer,  die,  and live again  to pay  for all our sins.     This is proof  that God’s word  speaks the truth.     And,  it is proof  that all the other religions  in the world  are false,  because they cannot prove themselves.

The writer of Hebrews wants  to shout out  to us,  “Pay attention!”     What he says is,  “We MUST pay MUCH closer attention…”

Here we’ve been drifting along  through life,  thinking only of…   making a living,…  finding a mate,….   having some recreation,….  taking care of daily chores,….  paying off the mortgage,….  raising a family…      Wake up!     There’s more to life  than that.

The living God has proven  He alone  is LORD and God  over all  —  and what He says  is what was  –  is  –  and will be.     When this God says  there will be a judgment day  for every one  of us,   there will be a judgment day.

This God has shown  in His word  warnings  and judgments  He has given  in the past.     It’s history.     What makes us think  we can just drift along  with the world  and escape the coming  promised judgment?

Hebrews 2:2-3 puts up  a big red flag  for us,  saying,   “For if the word spoken  through angels  proved unalterable,  and every transgression  and disobedience  received a just recompense,  how shall we escape  if we neglect  so great a salvation?”

How can we escape God’s judgment  for being so lackadaisical?     What sort of excuse  can we cook up?     Can we lamely claim  we did not know  there really was  a Savior?     Can we say  we have not sinned  all that much  and don’t deserve  any judgment?     Can we say,  “Well Lord,  I just didn’t have time.     I was so busy  making a living”?

Maybe some will accuse God  by saying,  “Well,  You didn’t give me enough proof  or warning,”  or,  “Your Word wasn’t clear enough,”  or,  “You mean hell is real?”

Many will probably claim  they didn’t think the Bible  was different  from any other religious scripture,  so they didn’t think  it was really  the only way  to heaven.     That excuse  will not fly  because the Bible  is the only scripture  that proves  its validity.

We need to wake up  and stop drifting  through this life.     Drifting  will bring  a certain eternal death.     It’s so easy  to just let ourselves go  through life  without thinking  about the danger we’re in.

Let’s get a grip  on our steering wheel  through life  –  the word of God.     Let God’s Word  steer us  through all the pitfalls,   dangerous curves,   bumpy roads,   and steep inclines of life.     Get onto the road  of Life  where we can have  the assurance  of God’s power  to lead us.

Drifting is so easy  because we don’t have to think  or put forth  any efforts.

But, as we hold onto God’s Word,  our steering wheel,  we need to think  about what it is  we have  in our hands  and put forth the effort  to hold onto  God’s eternal truth.     We need to go through the effort it takes  to study it  and use it  as our guide through life.

A steering wheel  is of no value to us  unless we use it.     Let God’s Word  steer us away from the pitfalls  of sin,   the dangerous curves  of worldly influences,  the bumpy roads  of trials,  and the steep inclines  of challenges  to remain true  to the LORD alone.

When we pay attention  to the truths  in God’s Word  and let it steer us away  from sin,  we shall escape the dangers  of drifting  and finally reach  our heavenly home.

As we use God’s Word  to steer us through life,  we will be able to say,   “Hallelujah!     The LORD’s road  is right  and good.”




A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.



The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4


Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13


O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3




Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12









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