Ron Witbeck: Do we find ourselves drifting?
By Ron Witbeck
Associate Pastor, Resurrection Life Church
Life can sometimes be compared to being in a fishing boat and finding a school of fish biting faster than we can get our hooks rebaited and back into the water. Suddenly they stop biting and only then do we realize we failed to put down the anchor and have drifted away from that location. We next realize if we had only taken the time to put the anchor down, it would have held us where we were enjoying the harvest! Within the excitement of the moment we lost focus on the importance of that anchor.
In relating this to our own lives, do we find ourselves drifting away from the blessings and obedience to God? We can so easily be distracted by the busyness of our lives, and fail to take the time to make sure our anchor in the Lord is holding. We can find it so easy to not take the time needed to go to God for His guidance, keeping our attention on Him.
Moses gives us directions in his writings, found in the book of Deuteronomy 28:1-3;
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
“Blessed shall you be…” (NKJV)
Anchoring our thoughts and actions in accordance with God’s will, we will begin seeing His blessings in our lives as He has promised! It only requires being sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit that will be an anchor for us, keeping us from drifting away to the temptations that are so subtle or hidden.
Where can we find this drifting away? We have to go no further than listening to the news: Americans killing Americans, the increasing hatred that has overtaken our land, even conflicts that are seen between God’s people. Look at some churches, finding how the differences between the denominational or non-denominational churches sometimes cause disagreements in how we should worship God!
God’s love for us is not based on race, color, creed, which church we attend, or our political preference, but it is found in His Word, John 13:34-35;
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
If we can be united and get beyond the barriers created in our minds, perhaps formed from generations past, then becoming "One nation under God" again, we can begin to enjoy the blessings of God in this land of the free.
Let’s put down our anchors, preventing the drift away from God, and again returning to His blessings. Now looking to the Book of Psalms, chapter 51:15-17, King David tells us:
“O Lord, open my lips,
"And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
"For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
"You do not delight in burnt offering.
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
"A broken and a contrite heart —
"These, O God, You will not despise.”
So if we find ourselves drifting, just remember God’s arms are always open and waiting for our return!