What I read today;
Hebrews 2-3; Luke 20; Hosea 12-13; Proverbs 4; Job 36; Deuteronomy 7
When I was in grade school we had an after-school athletic program. It was basically a gym class with fun activities. One week each year we would get on a school bus and go to the high school pool. It was an activity that many of us really looked forward to. However, I didn’t take to swimming very early in my life. Oh, I loved to get in the water and splash around. However, if I got in the deep end I’d sink like a rock to the bottom and have to be fished out by one of the instructors.
Water is deceiving though. You look out at it and have no idea where the bottom is. The smooth surface doesn’t let you know how deep the water actually is. This particular day I got into the pool in the shallow end and failed to pay attention to the markings on the wall. Suddenly, I found myself in the 5ft section of the pool. Unfortunately for me, I was well below 5 ft in height. I found myself drifting further into the pool as I attempted to jump off the bottom and keep my head above water. I began flailing around in a total panic. Then a friend of mine grabbed my hand and pulled me back into the shallow end of the pool.
That’s what happens to our faith if we’re not careful. We start out in the comfort of the shallow end of the water. Then the flat, calm, surface water entices us further out into the world. We don’t realize we’re being pulled into the deep end until it’s too late. Suddenly, we’re in the world, over our heads and our faith is drowned out by all the worlds enticements. We flail around, going from one problem to the next, as we sink deeper and deeper into depths of the pool of life. Our only hope is that a friend reaches into the pool and pulls us back to the safety of our faith.
Jesus promises to be just that friend. He promises to faithfully walk with us as we get sucked into life’s problems and troubles. Just like he did with Peter Jesus reaches out and grabs our hand and pulls us back.
That’s why we have to be careful to guard our faith and do everything we can not drift too far out into the grip of the world.
The writer of Hebrews put it this way in Chapter 2 vs. 1-4;
“Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard so that we do not drift away from it. For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.”