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 Bible.
Here’s one way to picture it:
Your Word is a dock, and I am a small boat.
If I tie my rope to the dock, I will not drift, or be carried away by currents or by storms.
To “pay attention” I need to recognize where I can tie up.
To “not drift away” I must actually tie there. So I need to understand, and act on Your Word.
To understand I need to read slowly, carefully to see the characters, the action, the meaning; and also not take Your Word out of context. I need to see what the author is saying and to whom.
Next, I must act on what it says to me by asking 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? Or about myself?
Do my motives, attitudes, or relationships need changing?
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