Sailing on Uncharted Seas
“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).
Life is like an ocean…a trackless ocean with winds, currents, and waves. We’ll meet ships we never knew were on that ocean and we’ll have all kinds of opportunities, heartaches, tears and fears as we sail into a new year on an uncharted sea.
Scholars tell us Hebrews 2:1 refers to the sea—the writer is using a nautical term. He must have spent time at sea because the phrase “giving more earnest heed” and the word slip refer to bringing a ship into the harbor, a difficult and sometimes dangerous task. A ship never just drifts into the harbor. The most skillful part of being a sea pilot is bringing the ship into the harbor. Let them slip literally means “drift away.” You have to be careful when you enter the harbor that you don’t end up on the rocks or drift past the harbor.
The worst thing that could happen to us this year is that we just drift through it—live an aimless life—letting this year happen to us rather than charting a course and getting into God’s appointed harbor. The winds of worldliness, the tides of circumstance, and the currents of the old nature are determined to cause you to drift.
You will drift unless you decide not to drift. You must have an anchor. You need a fixed direction. It’s important because drifting is one of the easiest things in the world to do.
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