Father, Paul reminds the Hebrews of something I need to remember too: “We must pay more attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”
“What we have heard” is the message spoken by You through Your prophets and Your Word.
If I do not pay attention, I may misunderstand or misinterpret what You are saying to me. If I do not study to understand the context of Your Word, I may miss the true meaning.
I have heard verses of scripture taken completely out of context to make a point. But when placed back with the other verses around them, and looking at what the author was saying and to whom he was speaking, it can make an entirely different point! So I must pay careful attention to understand Your Word correctly.
Besides merely understanding what is said, which is a big thing in itself, I must be sure I am not drifting away from what it means in my own life.
How many times have I read a scripture and missed seeing a personal application?
To make sure I “do not drift away”, I need to ask questions as I read Your Word; such as:
Is this giving me an example of what to do? Of what not to do?
Is it a warning to heed?
Is it teaching me something about You I need to know? About myself?
About my motives, attitudes, or relationships that need changing?
Here’s one way to picture it:
Your Word is a dock, and I am in a small boat.
If I tie my rope to the dock, I will not drift, or be carried away by currents or by storms.
But first I need to recognize where I can tie up, and then I must actually tie up there. So I need to understand, and act on Your Word.
Lord, help me pay better attention to Your Word.
Show me how to apply it to my life.
Teach me how to follow through on what You tell me. Amen