Today’s Scripture: For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 1¬†Thessalonians¬†4:3-5

The Lazy River is where the moms and dads want to stay at a Water Park. The kids like it, too, but they want to go on the daredevil slides and wave pools as well. The current in the Lazy River is just strong enough to propel your tube down the river, but not so strong that you can’t easily get in and out of the river. But you know the current is there, especially if you get out of your tube and try to stand still. Other tubers get a little angry when you try to go against the current, and you might bump into them as you try to go upstream.

It seems a lot of believers take the Lazy River Approach. They want to go with the current, float downstream, not make a fuss, and not really take a stand.

When you try standing for your beliefs, you will notice the current is uncomfortable. As you attempt to go against other people’s beliefs, it gets downright frustrating. The current will pull at you to go ahead, kick your feet back, and do nothing.

But this world is not our home. This planet with its sweeping current is not even to be compared with what’s awaiting us as believers.

Feel a little uncomfortable? Does it seem like you are going upstream in a downstream world? Get used to it. Going against the flow isn’t easy, but the retirement benefits are out of this world.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder