Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Giving Heed to the Things We Have Heard

Last night, we ate supper with my husband's sweet parents (dh and dfil caught fresh bass for the meal), so when we arrived home, it was later than usual. My instructions to the children were short and sweet: "Brush your teeth, put on your pajamas, and get in the bed." Simple, right? Well, maybe for the girls, but not for the boys. . . . .

While they were carrying out these instructions, I began to blanch purple hull peas. (What a blessing, dfil's garden is still producing peas!) All seemed to be quiet upstairs. . . .except for the boys' room. Sweet husband called up to give them a reminder, but they didn't seem to hear. . . .

"Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away" (Hebrews 2:1).

Their daddy called them down for a rebuke and discipline and sent them back up to bed. Several minutes later, I began to climb the stairs for prayer time with the children. (Surely they are all in the bed, right?)

When I entered the boys' room, one was dutifully in the bed; his response to his father's word and rebuke was quick obedience. However, one was still dressed, desperately scrounging around his room for something. What????

Calmly, I beckoned him to come back downstairs with me. When we asked him, "What are you doing?" he answered a little sheepishly, "Looking for my piggy bank."

Piggy bank??? Why would he choose something so small over obedience???

As Hebrews 2:1 points out, if we do not give the "more earnest heed to the things we have heard" we will drift away. Notice, it does not say lest we might drift away or lest we could drift away. It doesn't say lest we are tempted to drift away. It says, "lest we drift away."

Remember Psalms 127:1? Could it be that in letting the Lord build our homes, giving "the more earnest heed to the things we have heard" (through God's Word) is very vital?

How easily we can become distracted, even though our Father has spoken. No, we may not be distracted by a piggy bank, but are we distracted by our bank accounts? Wall Street? The election? Gossip? Bitterness? Unforgiveness? Selfishness?

May we hear the Father through His Word and His gentle prodding in our spirits, lest we drift from Him, His Word, and His assignment.

In the Heart of our Home,

1 comment:

Mama Hen said...

Do we ever need that verse around here? That is going on the fridge today!