Two weeks ago, it never occurred to us that this would be our last view of the Pilgrim in all its grandeur. After forty years at the Dana Point Harbor, it sunk. What a heartache! This tall-masted ship was a full sized replica of the merchantman brig from the novel, “Two Years Before the Mast” by Richard Henry Dana. The Ocean Institute there had been battling a slow leak but thought it was under control with regular maintenance of the hull (recently postponed) and with a pump.
Today’s verse is a loving warning. After describing the failures of the Israelites in the wilderness, Paul cautions that falling is a real possibility. We can think that we are standing firm while at the same time being slowly weakened by compromise. Like the small leaks in the hull of a ship, our resolve can slowly erode leaving us vulnerable. No one wakes up in the morning and decides to give in to temptation. Being drawn away from Him is usually a slow sneaky process.
Thankfully, standing firm does not depend entirely on me. The Lord is faithful to always provide a way out of temptation (verse 13). But I need to be humble enough to realize that I cannot handle it on my own and look for that escape route! Like David I want to regularly ask the Lord to examine my heart and my mind (Ps.26:2). This is an uncomfortable prayer but I can pray this with confidence, being convinced of His unfailing love and faithfulness (verse 3). There are times when I feel overwhelmed. But because of His love, His strength and His faithfulness I will not sink!
Thank you Lord, that You are my confidence.