[PC-USA] 2003-08-01 - Unraveling

Proverbs 24:33-34 (NASB) A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,
Then your poverty will come as a robber
And your want like an armed man.

I recently bought a beautiful dress from a reputable store. There was a string hanging down. I carefully snipped the string, but the dress began to unravel! Such a small thing, that string - but what damage it was able to do. Aren't our spiritual and emotional lives like that? It doesn't take a lot of neglect, to cause unraveling in our lives.

We are sailing along in our Christian life. Then something begins to crowd into our disciplines or church activities. Perhaps we decide to sleep a few extra minutes, and our Bible-reading starts falling by the wayside. We miss a day, then another-and before we know it, we aren't getting nourishment from God's word on a regular basis. And we start drifiting.

We decided we are a little tired, so we won't go to church-just this once. But then it's a little easier to skip the next service. As time goes by, we find ourselves missing more and more services. We aren't getting the teaching we need, the fellowship, the opportunities for service God provides. God becomes more peripheral to us. Our spiritual life is unraveling.....

We begin to take a relationship for granted - whether it's family, friendship or whatever. We don't invest the time we used to with that person; we just have so much to do, after all. But the friendship drifts, unravels....

It doesn't take a lot to cause something to unravel, does it? I encourage you to ask God today, what is unraveling in your life, perhaps without you even realizing it. Then seek His guidance on mending it.

Jan

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