“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“Be Careful That You Don’t Fall”

(Please read 1 Corinthians 10:12, NIV)

November 23

Many of us, probably, have had the dismaying experience of making a glaring mistake on some routine job that we thought we could do “with our eyes closed.” Maybe it was an embarrassing typo in an important document, or getting wires crossed in a simple electrical repair, something like that.

When we analyze such blunders, we may find that familiarity had bred a sort of robot-like approach to the job and we were perhaps a tad over-confident of our ability to handle it.

It’s possible to develop that same sort of attitude in our relationship with the Lord. Complacency can affect Christians in a number of ways. For one, we can make all our decisions about right and wrong doctrines, set them in concrete, and not feel the need to consult the Bible very often after that. Which is dangerous (even if our decisions are right) because we should never stop studying and growing.

Or we can develop tunnel vision and attend only to our own repetitive concerns without seeing the opportunities nearby. This approach is likely to lead to confidence in ourselves rather than in the Lord.

It boils down to whether we have an attitude of watchfulness, something our text makes clear that we need. The alert disciple sees ahead to possible consequences of today’s behavior and thus avoids many mistakes. And he or she keeps refreshed on biblical teachings by going directly and regularly to the source, thereby dodging many of the devil’s pitfalls and finding more opportunities for greater service to the Lord.

May He help us to be careful and stand firm always.

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