Psalm 141:4 Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness.
Make no mistake about it. The psalmist used the words “drift toward evil” because that’s exactly how it happens. Evil has away of luring us away from our devotion to what is right and godly. And maybe it’s simply because the enemy makes it look so attractive and enjoyable. He is certainly good at his trade.
I am convinced that drifting starts in our minds. We convince ourselves by turning irrational thoughts into rational opportunities. And if we don’t take those thoughts captive, they eventually take us captive. We will drift a little closer to evil and drift a little farther away from what is right. Little by little, we drift towards our destruction.
Here’s how you know you are drifting.
- You have started convincing yourself that something you know is wrong can’t be too bad. (emphasis on the “too bad”)
- You have started to separate yourself from people who pull you in the right direction and hold you accountable. You don’t want their instruction anymore.
- You have started to connect yourself to people who will join you in your drifting towards evil.
How can you stop drifting towards evil?
- Shake off the blinders that you are wearing and truly open your eyes based on what God’s Word says about your situation. His assessment is your only gauge.
- Call someone who will help you and not judge you.
- Remove yourself from the crowd that is drifting towards evil.
Drifting is subtle and not easily noticed. But stop and take a look at where you are right now. Are you where you are supposed to be (and deep down you will know the answer to that) or have you somehow drifted away from the life Christ has called you to live.
Don’t drift another moment!