Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Coasting Or Climbing?

The drill sergeant was putting the recruits through some demanding exercises.

He shouted, “On your backs. Legs in the air. Now move them in a circle as though you were riding a bicycle.”

Walking among his troops, he discovered one man holding his legs in the air – motionless. “What are you doing?” he demanded.

“I’m coasting down hill, Sir,” he replied.

Every now and then the Christian is tempted to coast. We become lazy and lax as we face life’s temptations. When we become complacent toward our Savior and sin, it is a sure sign that we are beginning to coast. And no one has ever coasted uphill.

When we are weak, we cry out for God’s strength. When we are afraid, we cry out for His presence. When we are suffering, we cry out for His healing. When we are in a valley with shadows, we cry out for Him to light our pathway.

Hosea spoke against the danger of coasting. “I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land. But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud and forgot me.”

Prayer: Lord, You have not called us to a life of ease and pleasure, but one of surrender and service. When we are tempted to live a life of comfort, confront us with crises that call us back to You: in Your name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Hosea 13:5-6

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