In recent years, the frequency of hearing accounts of people, cars, or even houses suddenly falling into a large hole as the earth collapsed beneath them has risen. These events are caused by giant sinkholes.
Sinkholes are caused by water saturation. In some cases, underground water pipes burst or leak, causing unseen erosion. In other cases, the culprit is rainwater or underground springs. What’s shocking is the suddenness of the collapse. On the surface, everything looks fine. But beneath the surface, the integrity of the earth has been compromised. When least expected, a sinkhole suddenly forms and the ground collapses.
There’s a Lesson in Those Sinkholes
When the influences of the world seep into the Christian’s habits or heart, they too can create unseen spiritual erosion. On the outside, everything seems fine—a Christian husband, a faithful pastor, a godly mother, a long-term marriage, a vibrant church. But worldly influences have a way of silently eroding the foundations. The collapse may seem sudden, but the destructive seepage has been gradual.
Today’s Christians may be at an all-time “world saturation” level. Without intentional effort, we soak in many activities that can erode our faith, our habits, or our character. It’s a good time to check our saturation levels by asking these eight questions:
Think on These Things
How much time do we spend on the above activities compared to studying the Bible and engaging in prayer? Philippians 4:8, tells us to saturate our minds with what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. “If there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things,” He said.
It’s my belief that we need to turn off the constant streams of noise and distraction so we’ll have time to meditate on the things of God and allow His Word to seep into our conscious, subconscious, and unconscious thoughts. We’ve got to fix our minds on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Now is a good time to make some adjustments in your life. Forget resolutions. Just change some things, starting today. January is a perfect time for new beginnings. Determine from the first month of 2016 to studiously avoid sinkholes. Don’t soak in the world. Instead immerse yourself in the Word, remembering what the Lord promises in Jeremiah 31:25: “I have saturated every thirsting soul, and filled every hungry soul.”
Let Him saturate and fill yours.
 Brenton, L. C. L. (1844). The Septuagint Version of the Old Testament Translated into English (Je 31:25). London: Samuel Bagster and Sons.
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