Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
Hebrews 2:1, ESV
Just because we know about Jesus and we know the salvation gift that was given to us does not mean that we stop growing in it. We don’t read the Bible, pray, or worship so we can be saved. Salvation was won by Jesus Christ. Yet, if we neglect our faith, we may lose it. We may lose sight of who God is and forget the promise as we fall away in despair and live as people with no hope or promise. In our neglect, we may turn to other gods or become caught up in things that cause us to forsake and deny that there is a god. The deceiver is very crafty and can cause us to lose hope. God never causes us to turn away from Him. God doesn’t lead people into temptation. God doesn’t cause us to sin. It is our negligence that leads us to all those things that are contrary to God. It isn’t God that sits waiting for us to fail, it is God that sets the expectation, and when we fall short, our failure is evident. In Christ, we have the gift of salvation, and when we are rightly judged, for those who believe and cry out to Him, forgiveness is given. God’s Law has never changed or shifted. The forgiveness won for us has stayed unmoved, and the rebellious hearts of broken sinners is nothing new. God’s gift through His Son has remained, and the denial has not been His but ours. Let us hold fast and proclaim our Lord’s promises that all may know His salvation.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.