Daily Devotion, 05/23/2018, “Free Pie Wednesday”
Colossians 1:15-17 You were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away…
We have a tendency to “drift away,” don’t we? Even after our hard hearts have been melted by the amazing grace and reckless love of God, even after being freely forgiven and washed clean, even after experiencing the very presence of the living God, we can effortlessly drift away. It’s not surprising really; it can happen in any relationship. It happens in marriages all the time. It’s not like the couple decides to drift, it’s just that they’re not intentional about doing the things that will keep them in love. Sharon and I have a lunch date with each other today at O’Charley’s. It’s “Free Pie Wednesday” but that’s just a bonus. We still date after decades together because we don’t want to drift away from each other.
I so connect with the classic hymn “Come Thou Font” which says: “Oh, to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be. Let that goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.”
“Prone to wander,” that’s us! A “fetter” is a chain or shackle for the feet used to restrain a prisoner. “Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee.” God’s “goodness” and grace will keep me chained securely to Him if I will “continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it.” Drifting and wandering are easy and effortless but they are by no means automatic and unavoidable. With a little intentionality, you can stay in love and stay connected.
Listen to favorite worship song and welcome in God’s presence this morning. Spend some time writing down what God has saved you from. Remind yourself of His glorious grace and give Him thanks again for it. It’s little but intentional acts like that the keep you standing firm instead of drifting away. You are loved!