Keep a tight hold

Good day to you all again

It seems to me as I plan yet another trip for work taking me away from home again mid week while considering packing for a trip away this week as well that it is very easy to step away from the importance of “taking earnest heed” to the lessons learned through life’s journey.

Not so much forgetting new years resolutions if that is your thing, but more about forgetting the really fundamental “learns” one accumulates over the years – often amounting to only 3 or 4 in total, these are the big ones!

In my mid 50s as I am now, I find myself as I have today, reacting to situations as I used to in my mid 20s thus throwing out of the window my life’s experience and lessons I should have found engrained deep within my DNA as it were.

It reminded me of Paul’s guidance when he wrote in the book of Hebrews in the Bible:

“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away”.

Because God has spoken to us by His Son, and because His Son is so great and so glorious, and because the subject which is addressed is of such infinite importance to us and to our welfare he says we ought to give the more earnest heed to it.

“Earnest” is an important word. It means “abundantly,” “more exceedingly,” “much more frequently,” or “more super-abundant” heed. Paul is saying to pay attention intensely to what God is doing in our lives!

We should pray and study with great care and concern lest we should let God’s Word slip, which means to “let it [God’s Word] run out”—to leak out like a barrel with a cracked plug. The barrel is full, and it very slowly starts to leak.

Another analogy would be to “drift away.” Envision a rowboat tied to a pier, but the rope loosens and falls into the water. Someone on hand could reach down, grab the rope, and retie it. But if this simple task is neglected, then the boat, which had been floating right next to land, slowly drifts away. Soon it will be ten feet away, then fifty feet, and in time it is on the horizon where the water is rough. Paul instructs us not to let that happen. Do not let it drift away! Pay attention! If we become superficial in our prayer and study, then our once keen vision of God will begin to blur.

I see this sadly all too often in Christians both with many years as a Christian under their belt or new to the Lord. It is a real problem and Satan exploits this by thrusting so much else into our lives we seem to push out the one most important part, that part that everything else hangs on – the Saviour. In Him we live and move and have our being!

To us, God says, “Pay attention!” Our chance for salvation is now! If we are not successful, then our hope is lost! Paul advises us to see the scope of what God is doing in our lives. We must constantly remind ourselves of His purpose for our calling. We must pray and study with that purpose at the forefront of our minds.

You may recall the instruction in the Bible to “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God”.

I leave this thought with you and trust you have a good week

Mark

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