PRONE TO WANDER
Too often I find myself distracted and drifting, instead of having my heart and mind focused on the Savior who loves me and gave Himself for me. The one who is committed to me and promises to never leave me nor forsaske me. To love me for the rest of my life.
A classic hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” written in 1757 by 22-year-old Robert Robinson expresses our inclination to wander away from God’s truth. In the hymn’s lyrics is a line that that says, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.”
We know when we have wandered away from God’s truth. In those seasons of wandering, our heart of hearts doesn’t want to drift from God—but, like Paul, we often do what we don’t want to do (Romans 7:19), and we desperately need to turn back God.
Merriam-Webster’s defines prone as “having a tendency or inclination : being likely. For example prone to forget names. To wander is to move about without a fixed course, aim, or goal, to go astray.
Without prophetic revelation or vision of the Kingdom of God people go astray from the plans of God. There are many different Bible translations of this truth. The New Century Version of the Bible (NCV): “Where there is no word from God, people are uncontrolled, but those who obey what they have been taught are happy.” The Good News Version (GNV): “Where there is no vision, the people decay: but he that keepeth the law is blessed.” The English Standard Version (ESV) translation of the Bible in contemporary English. reads: “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” Whichever translation you prefer, the thought is the same, we perish for lack of knowledge of God’s Law (Word). We tend to wander away from the God when we lack knowledge and understanding or dismiss His Word as important to our daily lives.
We go astray in our hearts trying to navigate through life without a vision of Kingdom life. Hebrews 3:10 says: ‘Their hearts always turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them’ (New Living Translation). When we fail to do what God tells us we are cannot enter into His rest. We worry about everything daily life brings our way. We worry about our finances, our health, our children, our relationships with others. We worry about what we are going to eat, what we are going to wear. But God tells us not to worry about these things. Instead, seek the Kingdom of God first and all His righteousness.
Throughout Scriptures we find God calling His people back from their wandering into sin:
“…Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity (Joel 2:13).
”Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! (Hosea 14:1).
Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty (Zechariah 1:3).
How can we stay on the path destined for us as the children of God? How can we stay on the path of purity? Psalm 119:9-16 gives us the answer. By living according to God’s Word. Whether we are young or old we are called to live as Kingdom citizens according to His Word, seeking Him with our whole hearts and hiding it in our heart that we might not sin against Him.
Knowing God’s Law, His Word that comes from His mouth is crucial to living as Kingdom citizens on earth. We can rejoice when we follow His statutes, meditate on is precepts and consider His ways as we go about our daily lives.
Do not neglect the Word of the Lord!