I had to complete a log book to be submitted for examination. But in the final
week when I realized that it was still far from finished, I ended up spending
three straight nights immediately after work to finish it off! How could this
have happened? I had worked studiously on it for 17 months. Yet the hard truth was that I had become
complacent in the final month.
complacency can creep into our faith as well. And when it does, it can undo all
our life’s good work in the Lord—the
close communion we have with God and with brethren, the grace He affords us,
even our salvation.
Israelites were warned by God for being at ease (Isa 32:9-12). They were the
chosen people of God, His own special nation, yet somehow they got to the point
where they even forgot God’s basic requirements. God called them to actively go
back to the basics: “Hear my voice… give ear to my speech.” He warned them that
failure to do this would lead to disastrous consequences, saying: “I will
search Jerusalem with lamps, and punish the men who are settled in complacency”
(Zeph 1:12b). Furthermore, God told them to strip
themselves bare and gird sackcloths, meaning that they were to totally humble
too become at ease in our faith, our standards begin to drop little by little. The
simple things we diligently worked on in our faith no longer matter as much in
our eyes—this is when things
begin to go downhill. But God is calling us to come out of our ease, and to
totally humble ourselves before Him.
It is at
this stage that we must rise up and diligently work on the basics again: Do we
wholeheartedly seek out God’s message from the Bible? Do we sincerely bring ourselves
before Him in prayer? Do we conscientiously seek to please God every day?
finishing my log book required diligence until completion, our journey of faith
requires our attentiveness right until the end.
Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know
when the time is. (Mk 13:33)
Questions for Reflection
you been complacent in your life? In
so, what actions can you take to make this right before God?