In the physical realm erosion is the result of natural forces such as wind and rain. Possibly the greatest example of the erosive powers of nature I have ever seen is the Grand Canyon which is believed to have been formed by the waters of the Colorado River. Whatever the cause, erosion always results in loss.
In last Sunday’s message we talked the spiritual erosion that occurred in Israel when a generation arose who did not know God or the work He had done for Israel (Judges 2:10). In an alarming rate of speed, Israel experienced an erosion of faith that undermined the spiritual supports and plunged the nation into deep darkness.
So how can we personally avoid the dangers of this destructive process? Here are three helpful suggestions:
- Be Aware – Realize that no believer is immune from the dangers of spiritual erosion. We must maintain an attitude of alertness and vigilance. If it could happen to such biblical characters as Samson and Solomon, it can happen to anyone. Thus the warning of Scripture, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).
- Be Proactive – As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The time to address the danger of erosion is before it occurs. Put safeguards in place by following the advice of Peter who said, “Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue… knowledge…self-control…perseverance…godliness…brotherly kindness…and love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7).
- Be Connected – We cannot always see the spiritual erosion that is occurring in our own lives, but others can. For this reason alone we need the constant accountability that comes from being connected to the Body of Christ. It’s easier to stop erosion than to repair or rebuild the damaged life. To prevent spiritual erosion, stay connected to the church.
The danger of erosion is a natural and spiritual reality. It can be prevented if we will just pay attention to the things that matter. As the proverb writer said, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
Pastor Todd Weston