Prone to wander!
(James Smith, "Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed" 1855)
"My people have wandered, and have forgotten their resting place." Jeremiah 50:6
Even true Christians are prone to wander from their resting place. Every sinner is a wanderer, and while sin dwells within us — we shall always feel a disposition to wander. This is against our better judgment, our solemn profession, and our new nature — yet still there is the disposition to wander, and it is called into exercise by a variety of things:
1. A love of novelty — a desire to see, possess, or enjoy something new — will sometimes set us wandering.
2. The weakness of our graces, as faith, hope, and love — is at other times the occasion of it.
3. The power of corruption within us, which at times works with peculiar force and power — makes us restless.
4. The temptations of Satan, which beguile, bewilder, and captivate us — lead us from our resting-place also.
5. And so do the errors that abound and spread all around us.
False views, Satanic temptations, powerful corruptions, and the weakness of grace — are the principal things which lie at the root of our backslidings.
Reader, are you a restless wanderer?
If so, return, return unto Jesus.
Go to Him, and confess your sins.
Go to Him, and entreat His pardon.
Go to Him, and prove the kindness of His heart.
Go to Him, and be happy once more in His grace and love.
O Savior, bring me back from all my wanderings by Your invincible grace; let me enjoy rest in Your precious love, and keep me near Your loving heart and bleeding side forever!