The Upper Room Devotion for Friday, November 24, 2023, was written by Robin Martin of MIssissippi.
1 Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2 For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, 4 while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.
Hebrews 2:1-4 NRSV
In the days long before GPS, mariners would use a sextant - an instrument which uses the stars and the horizon as the basis for navigation. They would use the sextant several times a day to make sure they were on course. Imagine if they decided one day not to use the sextant. They might drift only a few degrees off, but a few degrees off traveling five hundred miles would put them way off course.
Christians also have an instrument that helps us as we navigate this life. That instrument is the Bible. When we pay close attention to the messages in God's word, we keep ourselves on the course God has set for us. And, like the mariner, we need to use it often; the Bible should be a constant guide in our lives. I have noticed that when I have not spent time with God's word, because I have let other interests or concerns get in the way, I begin to drift. But when I spend time with God by studying the Bible, I am not only redirected but also encouraged, inspired, and renewed.
Pastor Anthony's Thoughts
Robin's reflection challenges us to evaluate how often are we spending time with God? Personal spiritual development is essential for us to mature as people of faith. Daily time communing with God offers us direction, peace, and insight. Amidst the hurried pace of Christmas shopping, let us pause to spend time with Christ.
God of wisdom, help us realize the power of your word to keep our lives on a course that is guided by you and your love for us. Amen.