Devotional – Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Drifting Away from God

I don’t know about you, but the longer this pandemic goes on … the greater the feeling I have of disconnectedness. This sensation has gone beyond missing the presence of those I care about and saw frequently before sequestering, to a feeling of being suspended in time. The schedules and routines that have kept me grounded are either non-existent or so altered now, that I feel adrift. It’s unnerving to call someone and for neither of us to have any news to share, as we’re both confined. Unfortunately, I find this to be true in my spiritual life as well. Despite my best attempts to stay engaged with our current, restricted church functioning … it’s been challenging to stay in touch, adapt to remote means of communication, and to retain a semblance of involvement when our programs and activities have been curtailed. 

As I consider my current condition, I inescapably recall the words to the hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing[1]” , which reads, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. Take my heart, oh, take and seal it with Thy Spirit from above…”.

Perhaps our familiarity with old routines has made us complacent; unaware that we were no longer paddling and likely drifting off-course. This pandemic has given us a challenge; a chance to envision new ways we might achieve our purpose. It might be an opportunity for a paradigm shift! May each of us take this time to seek God, assess our own progress, and make any needed course corrections to bring our paths in line with God’s ever-unfolding plan.

A friend of mine once said, “Life is a test. The older I get, and the more I consider my life, sins, and faith journey… the more I concur with that statement. Each of us faces a God-mandated choice between seeking righteousness or striving after our own desires. Of course, there is also a choice of “non-engagement”, but that is but a pause in striving that gains us nothing… and if not temporary, is detrimental. Seeking righteousness is not as obvious of a choice as it might seem; as it involves much effort, discipline, faith, hardship, and sometimes even sacrifice. History has proven that we humans are incapable of “staying the course” in-and-of ourselves. The Bible tells us what happened to the ancient Israelites, who God rescued, led, provided for and blessed; in just a few short generations they had degenerated to a state that was no better than the pagan peoples they had displaced. They tired. They took their eyes off God. They were influenced by the world. They started to drift. They failed to remember where their power came from and put their trust in the things and forces of the world. And they paid a devastating price as a result. We NEED God! And thus, the propensity to “drift” is perilous.

“In God, I find shelter. Rely on Him people, at all times!
Unburden your hearts to Him;
God is a shelter for us.”

Psalm 62:8

God, we thank You for Your great love … which dignifies, provides for, teaches, comforts, and protects those who follow You. Correct us when we drift away from Your path and give us the vision and energy to find new ways to follow You.  Amen.

[1] Robert Robinson – 1758

Offered by Judy Lester

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