If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, then you may be familiar with the water toy the Slip’ N Slide. While first released in 1961, it gained popularity in the 80’s right when I was an elementary age child. The banana yellow sheet of plastic was rolled out in our backyard and made wet with a garden hose. My siblings and I literally had hours of fun fighting off the Florida heat by sliding as fast as we could. Sometimes, we even flew off the end of the slide, careening across the grass or into one of our friends.
I think too of the idea that we can slip and slide away from God if we’re not careful. It is correct that we, as Christians, reside in the care of God, having faith and trust in Jesus. But it is also true that we can fall away from God as well if we decide not to remain faithful and refuse to acknowledge our sin or ask for forgiveness through a repentant heart. Like running too fast on the Slip’ N Slide and getting hurt, we can find ourselves away from the protective care of God.
In times like these, it’s important that we have a defense system in place to help prevent our slide. The Bible refers to a system of this kind in 2 Peter 1:5-11…
“Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Cultivate the graces of verses 5-7 and rest on the power of God to help you manifest them in your life. It is God who can keep us safe and help eliminate or at least reduce the slips and slides of life (Jude 1:24-25)