On a recent walk in our neighborhood, my husband and I took our son's West Highland Terrier with us. "Rocky" has been our house guest for a few weeks now to make life a little easier for our son and daughter in law who just welcomed their third little boy. This dog is full of energy and loves to walk with us in the morning or should I say run? If there is a mailbox to sniff or weeds to walk through, he will find them. Along one road are plants that carry hairy, Velcro like seeds. These are commonly called Beggarweeds, and Rocky knows how to get into them. In fact, by the time we arrived home from our walk, his face was covered on one whole side making him look like he had leprosy. It was a funny sight, but he didn't like our humor as he rolled around trying to get the seeds to come off. I took pity on him and brushed him gently removing those clingy seeds. God certainly invented the first Velcro didn't He? And we thought we were so smart when we introduced it!
Secondly, in order to avoid getting off our path, we need to know and study God's Word. There are many false teachings out there and many false teachers. How would we recognize erroneous ideas unless we know what God thinks first? Lets consider this. Would any of us want to go in an airplane piloted by someone who likes flying but has never really read anything about an air craft or flown one before? I don't think so. That would be foolish and risky. So why do we think we can navigate this life without the knowledge of who God is and who we are in relationship to Him? The Word of God is our very spiritual food and most of us have been living a life of self imposed famine. Each time we read His Word, we are adding another layer of armor so we can stand strong in Christ.
Finally, we need to be in faithful prayer in order to stay on the path which God has laid out for us to walk. Communing with our heavenly Father deepens our faith, opens our understanding and draws us nearer to our Lord. The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:1-4: "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." It is easy to see from this passage that Paul considered prayer a cornerstone for living a life that pleases God. Prayer not only lifts the needs of others before the Lord, but it also changes us in the process. As we praise God for His many blessings, we begin to develop a heart of gratitude that washes away the crustiness of selfishness and sin. What a rare privilege that we can take our burdens into the very throne room of God and lay them at His feet. He invites us to come. When we do not communicate with our Maker, we are like an airplane that refuses to talk to the tower. Most of the time, those planes are in great danger and so are we if we choose to ignore the guidance God offers in prayer.
I welcome your thoughts and insights. How do you avoid those sticky seeds of sin from clinging to you? Please feel free to share encouragement here.