“Do not drift away…” (Heb 2:1)
“In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem” (2Sam 11:1)
Drifting is defined as a slow and gradual movement from one place to another, especially as a result of outside forces, with no control over direction . Spiritual drifting is very common among Christians who are ignorant of its dangers. Read the Scripture above… Something is wrong with King. David… He used to love leading his men to war, to gain victory over the enemies of Israel. He used to love the presence of God. He used to love the fellowship of the brethren. Now the ark of God and his men are in the open fields. General Joab is in charge enjoying what David used to enjoy. David withdraws from his responsibility and his duty. He abandons the ministry of encouraging his men. He is ‘tired ‘ of doing the right thing. He wants to taste a little sin, just for the fun of it, just because it is something different…David is lonely and bored… Have you been there?
He then sees a beautiful woman and takes her in…she is just like a toy…there is no record of her feelings…he sleeps with her…then sends her home…This is the beginning of the worst and ugliest sin in David’s life. It starts with lust and ends with adultery, betrayal, manipulation, lies and finally murder. For sex, he kills one of his faithful friends and one of the most trusted soldiers in the army of Israel.
He later repented. Thank God for a broken heart, for repentance and restoration. Thank God for the grace and mercy of God.
What is the lesson? Stay in the center of God’s will! Dwell and walk in the light, where the light is the brightest! Be careful with slow but continuous changes of moods that ‘worry’ your conscience and are contrary to the Word of God. Do not isolate yourself from the Body of Christ. Do not become tired of being and doing good. Be sensitive to the possibility of deception. Learn from the mistake of others. Love the truth, accept its loving rebuke, even when it pains. Pray that God restores the vision of you being a true man (woman) of God. Value your testimony! Do not take for granted your duty as a leader, for many look up to you as an example. Do not give the devil any foothold in your life, in your emotions. There is nothing like an ‘innocent’ sin. Every secret thing shall be exposed by God, sooner or later. Sin is stage 4 cancer; it is incurable. The only ‘medicine’ is the Blood of Jesus. Go to the Cross of Calvary, look again in its direction, see Jesus hanging there, between heaven and earth, for your sin and mine… May truth melt your heart today!
Without delay, Come back to God!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I am a servant of God!
I repent of the sin of drifting from God!
I dwell and walk in the light!
Jesus is Lord over my life, over my home!
In Jesus name,
(In the picture a drifting boat)