I’ll never forget laying in bed as a kid after a day at the beach. I wasn’t awake for long because of the exhaustion of playing in the ocean, but for the moments I remained awake, I could still feel the tide and sway of the ocean. It was strange to be in my room on a stationary bed and still feel the pull of the tide. When you go to the beach you can see the effects of the tide’s pull. If your kids are playing in the water, they naturally drift down the beach. If they don’t get out and walk back up the beach, they could end up miles away by the end of a day.
Our culture is like that. There is a tide in our culture that pulls us in a specific direction. That direction is distinctly away from the heart of God. The apostle Paul told us in Ephesians 6:12 that there was a struggle going on with dark powers active in the world in his day, and it’s still true today. The struggle is very apparent in our 24-hour news cycle, but its damage is done most insidiously in the subconscious drift of our culture away from God.
When we fail to steer our lives toward God’s heart, we drift further away from His intentions. Our desires and appetites are for sin and sinful behaviors. We place possessions over people, pleasure over purity, and passivity over purpose. We become numb to the sin in our lives and wonder why we don’t feel close to God.
This week, we are going to look closely at the Holy Spirit together. In our Muscle Car Theology series, we are pointing out features God has given us to get the most out of our lives. The Holy Spirit is a lot like the steering wheel. When we surrender to God, the Holy Spirit will steer our lives in the exact right direction, toward God’s heart. Inviting the Spirit’s work in our lives is the best decision we will ever make.
Today, pray this prayer: “Father, I choose to open my heart to the Holy Spirit’s lead. Bend my will toward Yours.”