Life in Israel revolved around Jehovah and being faithful to His Holiness as they understood through the law. In time their intense loyalty to keeping faithful became about keeping control. In place of being sensitive to God’s character they became possessive in keeping their position.
They simply went off the tracks.
The same dangers lurk around us. It’s amazingly easy to become use to our place, usually a place of comfort where we’ve grown in love with either the routine or the view. We become guardians of what has been rather than pioneers of what should be.
Whether it’s our place in the pew, our favourite song or the manner in which we envision holiness – we begin to love things more than God. It isn’t deliberate, it’s incremental.
That’s why the writer to the Hebrews warns against drifting away.. (Hebrews 2:1). Drifting is subtle. It starts with a missed Sunday service…then less prayer…an interest in Facebook replaces Bible reading…well you get the drift! (pun intended) Soon we’re comfortable with where we are and we look up….and the dock is on the horizon. We realize we’ve drifted.
We can drift in relationships, in principles, in commitment, in faith. One day doesn’t look that different from the other but our hearts are changing and we’re rationalizing our way toward that horizon.
The next thing you know we’re no longer a faithful servant, we’re a judgemental cynic.
Proverbs 4:23 says: “Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.” CEV