Kayaking is one of my favorite activities. In fact, I love being on the water period. One thing common to all boats is the tendency to drift. It is simply a reality of that environment. If the boat is not anchored or applying its own means of propulsion, then it will drift along in the direction of the current.
The writer of Hebrews issues a warning related to this principle. Hebrews 2:1 says “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.”
God is constantly revealing things to us through His word and we are admonished to place close attention to the things we hear from Him. One way to do this is to “drop anchor” and devote significant time to study what the Holy Spirit decides to highlight in the word. Doing so will help us to become a “fixed point” and prevent us from drifting away from truth like an untethered boat on the high seas.
People who swim at the beach are warned about something called a riptide. These are strong and dangerous currents that are capable of towing swimmers and even boats away from the shoreline and out to sea. A swimmer can be caught in a rip current and not even know it until he is in trouble.
Our culture is filled with rip currents that war against the effort of standing fast in God’s word emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Education, politics, religion, and entertainment are all areas used to exert forces that can cause us to drift away from the truths that God shares with us through His word and thus remove us from the place He wants and needs us to be.
Hebrews 6:17 – 20 describes God as an unchanging fixed point in which we can always trust. He is constantly working to transform us into similar fixed points that represent the love and truth of Jesus. Thus, one of our greatest challenges is to drop anchor and resist the pressure exerted by the culture. God needs us to be a fixed point in our homes, on our jobs and in our communities.
Are you where God needs you to be? Have you drifted from a truth He has revealed to you? It happens to all of us. I want to encourage you to pray, repent, drop anchor and become that fixed point He needs you to be! In fact, take time this week and do a study on scriptures that encourage you to stand firm on solid ground. Here are a few to get you started!
• Matthew 7:24
• Ephesians 6:11
• I Corinthians 15:58
• I Corinthians 16:13