Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
I was blessed to hear our young worship leader singing the song Come Now Fount yesterday in worship. It was a great reminder of just how quickly we can wander away from the Lord, even if we truly love Him. It is absolutely crazy that we would have a tenancy to wander from someone that has provided so much, but our flesh is a powerful thing. It is vitally important that we feel it when we do wander, and then seek our way back to His loving arms as soon as we do!
Why Do We Wander?
At the heart of the issue of wandering lies an uncomfortable truth… we think we know best. I have spent the greater part of my life doing it my way. I made my rules, I determined my future, I was the reason for my success and my failure. My way led to failed relationships, failed academics, and unfulfilled promises, in one word… failure. I wasn’t about to be told what to do, even if it cost me everything.
When we contrast that with what God has for us, it makes it more difficult to understand why we wander. Jeremiah 29:11 promises… (11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope… His plans for us are so much better than we could ever imagine, yet, we still wander. It is a very crazy thing.
Avoid The Urge
If we have a tendency to wander, it is important to understand how to avoid it. We must set our sights on that which is most important, the Lord. Colossians 3:2 reminds us to... (2) Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth… It may seem overly simplistic, but there is a ton of truth in this verse. When we are focused on the heavenly, the earthly starts to become less important. After all, where our focus is, our hearts will follow.
He Is Calling Us Back
While we are sure to wander, the Lord is faithful to seek after us. Think about that for a second! No matter how badly we mess us, no matter how far we wander, we have a God that loves us enough to seek after us despite our shortfalls. Ezekiel 34:16 offers the following… (16) “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”
Not only is He ready to seek after us, but He also wants to make us right again. That deserves an amen, does it not?
Help A Brother Out!
James 5:19–20 instructs us… (19) Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, (20) let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins… We have to love one another enough to help our brothers and sisters find their way back to Christ. If we all have a tendency to wander, chances are, you know someone taking those steps away from the Lord right now. We must seek after those lost souls because it may one day be one of us straying away. I love how James illustrates this idea, that by being faithful to our brothers and sisters, we may save their soul from spiritual death.
When we wander, we can feel it. When we feel it, we must turn back to Him. We have a loving God that understands our weakness, understands our tendencies, understands we can fall away from the God we love. Living a life completely dedicated to Him will help us avoid the pitfalls of this life.
Proverbs 21:16 (NKJV)
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the dead.