Reflection from Karl Henager
A Walk of Faith!
So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side! —Exodus 14:22
It must have been very exciting when the Israelites walked through the middle of the Red Sea on dry ground. Maybe they saw fish cruising by in the walls of water on each side, like the best aquarium ever. But they had to walk for hours and hours. It took all night.
That is the Christian life. It’s just a walk with the Lord. Sometimes there’s a lot of excitement in the beginning of the Christian life when we realize what God has done for us. But as time passes, we might start taking things for granted. And we might find ourselves becoming apathetic.
If that describes you, then you need to plot your RPGS: (1) Read the Bible every day. You never outgrow it and never get beyond it. God’s Word never becomes irrelevant. (2) Pray about things. Bring things up before the Lord. You need to have a prayer life. (3) Go to church. You need to be a regular part of the church. (4) Share your faith with others.
We stop doing these things and then wonder why spiritual apathy is seeping into our lives. It’s because we’re not doing the basics. Let’s just say that you decided you weren’t going to eat anymore. Here’s what will happen: You’ll get lightheaded. You’ll feel almost sick. And if it goes on for a while, you’ll basically start to die. You can’t live that way. You must eat to survive. In the same way, if we neglect spiritual disciplines, it won’t be long until we’ll find ourselves withering.
Nietzsche said, “The essential thing ‘in heaven and in earth’ is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction.”
As Christians, our lives are a walk of faith. We need to keep walking that walk my friend.