It’s just too easy to wander away from God.
I know because I wandered away for several years when I was a young adult. I moved away from home and gradually filled my calendar with activities I knew were not the best for me. The people I met while doing these activities weren’t interested in a relationship with God so we never talked about him. My whole lifestyle changed to ‘looking for love (and fun) in all the wrong places.”
Several years later, I woke up (with a lot of nudging from the Holy Spirit) and realized I was not where I wanted to be. Don’t get me wrong – I had worked hard and gotten everything I thought I wanted – everything I thought would make me happy.
But I wasn’t happy. I was empty. I had a huge hole in my life. I needed a meaningful purpose for getting up every morning beyond feeding the kids, paying the bills and getting my ‘to-do’ lists done.
It took me awhile to figure out that the aching hole in my life was where God was supposed to be. I’m sure the Holy Spirit had to work very hard on me to get me to see that. My relationship with God at this point had melted into nonexistence.
I realized I missed God. I missed my spiritual family.
I’m extremely grateful that the Holy Spirit helped me identify my real need and desire so I could get back on track. My relationship with God has given me all the purpose and joy and success that I was looking for.
I’ve seen many Christians wander away –
- their Bible starts gathering dust on a shelf.
- social activities on Saturday nights make sleeping in on Sunday mornings more important than worshiping God with their spiritual families.
- their week becomes too busy with other things so they drop out of small group Bible studies, leaving their Christian friends behind.
- Christians stopped going to church during our pandemic and have never gone back. It is just so easy to wander away from being a part of a church family like God directs us to be, so easy to watch church in our pajamas on Sunday and check it off the list, ignoring God’s words in Hebrews 10: 24 – 25. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
I am reminded that this can happen to anyone when I read about the end of King Solomon’s life. “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” 1 Kings 11:4. He was the wisest man who ever lived and he lost it. Unbelievable!
God had even told Solomon when he was younger not to marry foreign wives because this would happen.
Solomon was warned and he still wandered.
I feel like God is warning me – and you – today through his Word. I must be diligent about keeping my priorities straight. When attitudes and activities start to draw me away from God, I need to adjust my focus.
I wandered away once. I’m determined not to do it again.
Please keep me close to your side, Abba Father.