To wander from His loving arms. Why do we turn from our gracious loving Father, from His Son, Jesus? Why do we think that our ways are better than His ways? This is the mystery of mankind that sheep think they know more than the Shepherd.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. ~Isaiah 53:6 NASB
I’m so thankful the gentle Shepherd pursues us, then restores us to our home where we are sheltered, protected, and loved.
What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish. ~Matthew 18:12-14 WEB
When we belong to Him, we hear His still small voice. When we wander away, He calls us home. And if we wander to far, He comes and searches for us.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father who has given them to me is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. ~John 10:27-30 WEB
I’m so thankful that we are safe in His hands. We can trust our Good Shepherd to lead and guide us in Truth.
New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is wander.