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Prone to Wander

February 4, 2018

“The Prodigal Son” by Rodin, Author SLOWKING (CC BY-NC 3.0 Unported)

You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
” (Ps. 56:8).

The old hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” was penned by Robert Robinson before the American Revolution.  It contains the aching lyric, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love…”

The Bible speaks again and again of man’s wandering from the throne of God.  For having murdered his brother, Cain was made a vagabond on the earth (Gen. 4:12).  Hagar was sent to wander in the wilderness by Abraham (Gen. 21:14), at Sarah’s jealous urging (Gen. 21:10).  Israel was caused to wander for forty years in the desert, for having offended God by little faith (Num. 32: 13).  The Book of Job and Book of Psalms both characterize the wicked as wandering about in search of food (Job 15:23; Ps. 59:15).

Some four thousand years later, this flesh of ours longs to wander still.  We wander from the Commandments for many reasons.  We may seek novelty or adventure.  We may be angry with God for some event in our lives.  Perhaps the Word seems dry.

Whatever the reason, we convince ourselves that our motives are pure, drawn all the while toward temptations of which we have been forewarned.  We persuade ourselves we are the exception to a rule made for others, yet are overcome by emotions we should instead rein in.

And we make the same mistakes, over and over.

The more we come to know and love God, the more painful the wandering.  Like Cain, we are lost without God.  But like Hagar, we are never lost to God.  The desert is full of lessons for us, as it was for Israel.  Not the least of these is the Father’s forgiveness for the prodigal son (Luke 15:21-24).

The fatted calf awaits us.  Prodigals all, He will bring us home…where we will rest from wandering, and gladly stray no more.

Originally posted 5/1/12

From → Christian, Faith, Religion

8 Comments
  1. Yes, dear Anna, this is so true. Somehow in God’s wisdom we are allowed to wander off course from His perfect will, but He uses all these mistakes in our lives as well as our tribulations to teach us and fine-tune us to more accurately hear and obey His voice. God is big on teaching us through experience.

    “[Jesus Christ] By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us.” (Rom 5:2-5, KJ2000)

    Anna, you wrote something very profound, “The more we come to know and love God, the more painful the wandering.” The final goal of all this is not our tribulations we go through, not that we might have patience or experience pain or even hope, but that through all these we might end up with the love of God shed abroad in our hearts and against love there is no law. Walking in His love with Him IS perfection (see 1 John 4:18). ❤

  2. Great post Anna! You are so right..
    I am sure you have suffered the trials that bring wisdom..

  3. Reblogged this on Anchor Thy Soul and commented:
    Great Post! Prone To Wander
    By: A lawyers Prayer’s

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