Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Traction

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:14-17 NIV)

Several years ago, as we awaited for people to arrive for our Super Bowl party on a snowy afternoon, we looked out the window to see our friends’ truck sliding backwards, spinning, and ending up in the ditch. Rushing out to see if they were okay, I slipped and fell on the icy road. Several others coming out to help did the same.  After help was called, I went back to our house and put on my YakTrax.  These wire coils that slip over boots will keep you upright on icy surfaces.  I went back out, walking the same path and did not slip once.  

The Psalmist describes the path leading to Hell as slippery ground. From what Paul says to Timothy, the Scriptures are what will keep us from falling.  Like going out onto an icy road or sidewalk without YakTrax or some other gripping device, we are in danger of falling spiritually without the Word of God in our hearts.  

The road to hell is full of slippery spots—false teaching and temptations—and it is easy to slip and fall.  The Scriptures are what keep our feet gripped to the path.  Paul’s admonition to Timothy is something we should take to heart.  

Today, recognize there are a lot of slippery spots out there.  Hang on to the Word and it will give you the traction you need to keep from falling.  

© Jim Musser 2018

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