“Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.” --Luke 8:13
Lexi has learned to walk with me (mostly). When my son walks with us, however, Lexi seems to forget everything she knew. She ignores commands, lunges at strangers, and barks at other dogs again. The new factor in the equation—my son—causes her to relapse. She has to re-learn how to walk with him. New circumstances or new challenges can cause us to relapse when we walk in faith. We seem to forget what we knew. We fall away from God’s Word. Then we have to re-learn how to walk with him. I’m disappointed with Lexi because her training wasn’t more deeply rooted. Maybe we’re disappointed with ourselves because our devotion wasn’t more deeply rooted. Yet even Jesus’s disciples fell away (Mark 14:27). They resumed their walk with him on the road to Emmaus, and we, too, can get back on track. Maybe, as the saying goes, old dogs can’t learn new tricks, but they can remember what they knew about trust and obedience.
Dear God, When new circumstances cause me to relapse or fall away, teach me again how to walk with you. Amen