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Answers for Each Day - Sept. 4

  • 2016 Sep 04

Be Watchful

We started in yesterday's devotional to look at the lessons we can learn about regaining our spiritual edge from the story in 2 Kings 6.  In verses 4-5 we are told about the guy who loses his cutting edge,

…when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees.  But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, master!  For it was borrowed."

Notice this guy is working hard, cutting down a tree.  But, in the midst of this effort, he loses his cutting edge.  His ax head falls into the water.

Now you might think, "Well, you wouldn't end up in a state like that, you wouldn't lose your edge, unless you were out of God's will."

But if you read yesterday's devotional, you will see these guys were in the will of God.  They were moving by divine permission.  The prophet not only said go, he went with them, showing just how much this was the right thing to do.

Or you might think, "Well, a spiritual man or a spiritual woman wouldn't have lost their edge."  No, there is no indication that the guy who lost his cutting edge was unspiritual.  Every indication tells us he was spiritually strong.

So what does this teach us?  Be careful not to think we cannot lose our spiritual edge.  It can happen to you, and it can happen to me.  We all can lose our cutting edge if we are not careful.

My friend, it is vital to take care not to lose your spiritual edge.  This is something you have to work at to maintain.  Just because you have it today doesn't mean you will have it tomorrow.

The good news is that if you have lost your spiritual edge, you can regain it!  Even better, be watchful to maintain your edge—staying sharp for God.

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