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Troubled Waters

Drifting in Troubled Waters

Contributed & Written by: Mark Jerndt

While my wife and I traveled along the inside passage of Alaska on our cruise ship this summer, there were times in which we just seemed to be drifting. We were drifting past some beautiful sights that are beyond words. It was this excursion that inspired me to write this devotional.

Along the way, and especially as we toured the Tracy Arm Fjord, we saw icebergs drifting by; some quite large, but I continued to place my trust in the navigator who expertly guided our massive vessel so that we would not drift into trouble.

Spiritual drifting must not be ignored as well. This happens when a believer drifts away from the Word, and ceases to steer toward the Lord. Like our cruise ship, without the expert knowledge and hands of those on the bridge, we would have made a slow and lazy glide into dangerous waters.

If we as Christians should excuse our wandering ways, then our conscience gradually numbs. It paves the way for more sinful behavior with less guilt. Can you imagine a more dangerous situation?

People drift from God in search of more freedom, choices, and pleasures. Skipping church in order to pursue other interests is an obvious sign that a believer has begun to drift away from God. It is also wise on our part to be in the pages of His Word each day. When our interest in what God has to say decreases, we’re already drifting into troubled waters.

If Bible reading is neglected, I can assure you that one’s prayer life has usually faded as well. Prayer is the way in which we communicate with the Navigator. If we stop talking with Him, the God that once seemed so close soon seems far away. It is one more sign in our spiritual lives that we’re far from shore and safety.

I’m convinced that when our cruise ship was either in the open waters of the vast Pacific Ocean, or in the tighter confines of the inside passage, or in its narrow fjords, our navigator was intensely focused on the task because drifting would mean disaster.

We cannot afford to drift away from God and His Word. Only He can bring us safely through. May that be a part of your prayer life that God would prevent you from drifting into troubled waters.

Mark Jerndt

Elder Emeritus

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