To erode means to slowly destroy something. Just like bad bacteria in our bodies. It may seem very small at first, and we may not be aware that our body is infected. But slowly, it grows and consumes our good cells. Our bodies that are eroded by infection can be destroyed when left unchecked.
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12)
When we go about our daily lives unchecked, our faith erodes little by little. From determined resolution to put God first, to settling for crumbs of grace as our daily lives set in. We start to give excuses for God, thinking that God’s hand is shortened and that we have to fight for ourselves. Gradually, our love for Him depletes, and we forget the great works God has done for us before. Without knowing, we continue to proclaim we are Christians, but we use our own knowledge to operate our lives.
Yet when we read the Bible, we ask, “How could the Israelites in the wilderness, who have witnessed the great works of God like the ten plagues and the supply of manna, not have faith in God? How could they have complained, disobeyed God, created a golden calf, and not believed in the promised land that God said He would give?” How did it get to this extent? Their hardened hearts. Even though the Israelites saw the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire day and night, they could not bring themselves to draw close to God or to love Him. Despite knowing of God’s existence and almightiness, they continued to harbor unbelief that God had good intentions towards them. Witnessing God’s power and miracles was still insufficient for the Israelites to see God’s intention to protect, grow and bless them, as they were too caught up with dwelling on their current situation.
Today, do we believe that God has great and loving intentions toward us?
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
If we truly believe, we will obey Him and love His commandments. If we truly believe, we will not be deceived by the subtle lies the world tells us: that God is just doing His job; that He will not intervene unless necessary; that we ought to keep God at a distance. If we truly believe, we will count our worldly gains as losses, and not treasure any achievements in the world. Instead, our treasure will be our labor that we bore out of faith and love, for these are deeds that follow us into eternal life.
Therefore, we need to take care of our hearts. We need to check if we have weeds of unbelief in our hearts. Kill the growing ones, pull out the small ones, and prevent any from growing. Let us reflect daily on our perception of God and His plans. Then our hearts will not be infected by weeds of unbelief.
Do you believe that God has great and glorious plans for you?