What I read today;
Philemon 1 & Hebrews 1; Luke 19; Hosea 10-11; Proverbs 3; Job 35; Deuteronomy 6
Human beings have short memories. We have life-altering events such as weddings, funerals, confirmations, Baptisms and then within a few months act like we don’t remember a thing. How many times do you hear about the famous addict who goes into treatment, gets clean, and then within months relapses into addiction again.
You see when we are in intense therapy our lives are consumed by the doctors and the nurses who are there to help us. Soon left with little or no support the person begins to move back to his or her old lifestyle and falls back into their past habits and behaviors.
How often in the church do we see the same thing happen? A person decides to join a church. Then he enters into classes with the Pastor. As they are attending classes they are fixtures in the church. You see them week in and week out. Then the class ends and they are accepted into membership. The Pastor’s attention moves onto other people. They fail to assimilate into the congregation. Soon they are missing a week here and there. Then they are missing a few weeks at a time. Within a year they have disappeared completely.
Moses gives us a guard against this in Deuteronomy 6 vs. 4-9. He tells us the way to avoid this problem is to remain rooted in God’s Word. He tells us to make God’s Word the cornerstone of our lives. God’s Word is the defense mechanism that will pull us back to our relationship with the savior of the universe. The more we read and study, the more that God’s Holy Spirit will fill our lives with his presence.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” NRSV
What keeps your faith alive and on fire? How do you keep from falling away? We could all stand to listen to Moses!