The Danger of Drifting
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | March 1, 2021Hebrews 2:1–4 (NKJV) “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?”
No one ever “plans” to drift away from the Lord. No one wakes up one morning and says, “I think I will backslide” or “I plan to stop seeking after God” or “I think I will stop going to church”. No. The devil is smarter than that. He works on us one “little compromise” at a time justified by one “little excuse” at a time. The devil whispers, “You're tired today” or “You need a break” or “You need family time” or “You’re going through a lot right now” or “You deserve to do something for yourself” or “One time won’t really hurt.” This is the pattern of drifting away from God. It is like drifting in a boat. When you get distracted, you don’t realize how far you have drifted until you look up and realize you have lost sight of the bank or where you were before. Have you “drifted” away from your former steadfastness to Jesus? The writer of Hebrews warns against the dangers of drifting. When your desire for other things outweighs your desire for the things of God and when you make more excuses than commitments, that is a clear sign that you are in spiritual danger. You are drifting into the devil’s swampy bayou. It is time to look up and realize that you have drifted. It is time to ask God to help you regain your vision and hunger for Christ.