Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How Did You Get De-Railed?

Are you paying attention? I’m talking about keeping tuned in to what you know about God. What happens when we just coast, or when we get lazy about our faith?

For one thing, anxiety and unrest move in. Discontent seeps in when we have not been practicing what we have been taught. Look at what Isaiah said:

Isaiah 48:17-18   I am the Lord your God who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

"If you had paid attention..." Isaiah wrote. It's rarely a deliberate decision on our part to wander from God's principles. It's usually just a simple failure to pay attention. Our focus gets fractured; our center moves slightly off-center, because in some small ways we have failed to pay attention. A little side step gets us off-track, and then the next step gets us further away. Like a train, once de-railed we go into a skid. And the result is loss: loss of peace, loss of blessings, loss of fellowship.

If you're feeling anxious, or restless, or out of sorts today, check it out. Have you failed to pay attention to God's will for you? Stop and take inventory. Where have you stopped doing what you knew you should? You can get back on-track, and know peace again and have the fellowship you've been missing. ‘Fess up and let God cleanse you first, and then turn back to get on the rails again.

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