Isaiah 53:6“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.“
Do you ever feel like your relationship with the Lord is “in a rut”? Perhaps you feel like He is not answering your prayers, speaking through your devotions, or providing for your needs. When you go through seasons like that, you fall into the temptation of substituting earthly things for eternal things.
Your priorities change. Your schedules adjust. You start to feel like a failed Christian. But, you’re not deep in sin. You have just…drifted.
Life is full of noise.
Advertisements, bosses, kids, friends, and neighbors are all vying for an ounce of your attention. With all of that clutter crammed into your head, it’s easy for your mind to wander. When it wanders, it is probably trying to answer the question of what will make you happy and whole. Most people think that filling their life with fancy gifts, exciting experiences, and healthy choices is the key to living fully alive. What if the key to wholeness is not more, but LESS?
If you want to stop drifting, you have to clear the noise.
In this fast-paced world, schedules fill up fast. It feels weird to have nothing to do! But, those moments of freedom are especially important when you’re drifting away from the Lord.
Silence reveals how far away you have floated. You can’t hear the captain’s voice. You notice that your plans, goals, and values have changed. You also realize that a slight adjustment can get you back on the right track.
So, how do you do it? How do you stay on track and avoid drifting further from the Lord? My pastor has a saying that goes like this, “If Satan can’t steal your heart, he will steal your TIME.”
Begin with an analysis of your schedule. God wants a tithe of our money…what if we also gave him a tithe of our time? One percent of your week is just 15 minutes a day that’s a reasonable place to start. I promise that when you discover and experience how good God is, you’ll decide to return to Him.
Remember, you are never too far gone. The Parable of the Prodigal Son reminds us of this truth.
Luke 15: 20 and 24: “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The father said to his servants, ‘Let’s have a feast and celebrate! For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found’.”
No matter how far the raft may drift, God is ready for your arrival. He is ready to forgive your sins, forget your mistakes, and welcome you home.
Heavenly Father your love for me is crazy, your grace is beyond what I can comprehend. You are always there patiently guiding me and waiting for my return when I drift away. Forgive me for allowing the Devil to take control of my time and fill my schedule with large to-do lists. I know my heart as drifted from you but today is a fresh start. Today I give back the control and guidance to the true captain of my heart. No longer do I want to drift away from your love and grace, instead, I want to be surrounded by Your presence every day! Thank you for all you have done in my life, and for what you are going to do in the future.