‘We must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.’ Hebrews 2:1 NLT
Your highest priority should always be your relationship with God and fulfilling His will for your life. Don’t let that priority ‘drift’. A sobering illustration of this occurs in Scripture. A prophet pretended to be a soldier who was given custody of an important prisoner. He claimed he was told, ‘If by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.’ (1 Kings 20:39 NKJV) In spite of the warning, he said he allowed his prisoner to escape because he had other jobs to do. ‘“While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone.” Then the king of Israel said to him, “So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it.” (1 Kings 20:40 NKJV) The prophet then revealed the king had judged himself!
Keeping your spiritual priorities in place is your responsibility and no one else’s. If you don’t do it, you will pay a high price. ‘But I pray each morning,’ you say. That’s good, but do you take time to listen to God before you rush into your day? Some of us have deleted from our Bibles and our thoughts those Scriptures that command us to ‘wait on God’.
There is a work going on in your life right now. You may not be fully aware of it, but without it you will never be qualified to handle what God has in mind for you. The Bible says, ‘Jesus often withdrew… and prayed.’ (Luke 5:16 NIV) Spending time with God is the price you pay for hearing from Him and doing His will. Spiritually speaking, there is no shortcut to any place that’s worth going.
SoulFood: Micah 1–4, John 19:17–30, Ps 105:16–22, Pr 30:10–14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023