Therefore, we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. Hebrews 2:1
To “…give earnest heed to the things we have heard,” is potent with instructions for us, because of the danger of ignoring the Word of God – ‘drifting away.’ The bible is not just the words of angels or eloquent prophets and preachers; No! Holy men wrote as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21). The Word of God was revealed at creation’s beginning; for all things finds its existence by/through it. The Word then became flesh by the incarnation of Jesus Christ, Who Himself is the fulfillment and the substance of all prophecies; the very embodiment of the oracles of God.
Today, we are swamped with a lot of false teachings and prophecies, secular humanism and philosophy, New Age doctrine, and many superstitious beliefs all calling for attention. Any believer who is not grounded in the Word of God will easily be a prey to these voices, and is likely to drift away from the faith, and that is the sole aim of these voices.
Drifting away suggests ‘a slow and gradual move’ away from something or someone. Like a leaking container that gradually loses its contents by slowly dripping away. In like manner, believers who don’t hold dear the truths they have heard in the Word will gradually leak out these truths until they run dry. It is possible for believers to be misled and drift away from the truth, which is why Paul admonished believers in Galatians 6:7a not to be misled.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27). The only way not to be deceived by strange doctrines and heresies is to follow Jesus (who is the Word revealed in flesh). Thus, you must heed the Word, anchor your faith on it, and consistently practice what it says; because, drifting away from the Word is largely as a result of negligence – not doing anything about the Word you know, heard or learnt.
Heavenly Father, I ask and receive grace to heed Your Word and consistently do what it says. The voice of a stranger which intends to lead me astray I will not follow; Your voice remain the final authority in my life in Jesus’ name.