February 28 Are You Off Course?

scripture reading: Revelation 3:1–6
key verse: Revelation 3:12

He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

A small sandbar off the coast of Tybee Island, Georgia, emerges during extremely low tides. Area natives love to venture out to it because it is a haven for sand dollars and small shells.

However, there is a trick in navigating the walk. The sandbar is located at the mouth of an inland river, and returning high tides can quickly overtake and strand inexperienced people. What appears to be a short journey back to shore can quickly turn into a dangerous venture.

Beachcombers often start back to shore with a certain destination in view. But with little warning, ankle–deep water soon becomes knee deep and then chest deep. Before they know it, they are drifting off course into dangerous waters.

The same thing happens to people when they are entangled in matters that hinder their devotion to God. Those who fall prey to spiritual drifting never see it coming. They think, I’m just a little off course. I can get back. But before they know it, they have been swept away by an invading sin or temptation.

Make it your goal to stay on course with God. Ask Him to order your daily steps and keep the devotion of your heart turned toward Him.

Order my daily steps. Let the devotion of my heart be turned toward You, Father. I don’t want to drift into dangerous waters. Keep me on course.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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