Monday, September 13, 2010

Prone to Wander


Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love

          to the world and it's ways
          to the self
                  self seeking, self gratifying.

              to cherished sin...."It's not so bad."

Each wandering step away from God takes me closer to myself....
          where I am comfortable
             where I am self reliant.

Isaiah 1:13 (NIV)

 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! 

Meaningless offerings.
God spoke through Isaiah, telling his people they were far from him in their hearts. They were going through the motions,
the ceremony; yet they were rebellious and corrupt, loaded with guilt.

      Could we say?
    full of excuses,
       avoiding  and blaming?

Isaiah 1:15

 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
       I will hide my eyes from you;
       even if you offer many prayers,
       I will not listen. 

God will not listen?
God hears everything....nothing escapes him.
Yet sin keeps us from being close, when we wander.......we wander away from him, that distance is created by us, not him.
 The callous builds up
        the will grows stronger
               the heart harder
                   the neck more stiff.

Here's my heart O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

Psalm 51

  10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
       and renew a steadfast spirit within me

 The wanderer must stop 

                repent- turn from sin and self toward God and his grace

                refocus- toward him and others

Give up that which has mastered us, lay down that which has become an idol

Romans 6:14

14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Isaiah 1:18

 18 "Come now, let us reason together,"
       says the LORD.
       "Though your sins are like scarlet,
       they shall be as white as snow;
       though they are red as crimson,
       they shall be like wool.

Believers- you are a child of God, saved by his grace, his grace will sustain you. His mercy is bestowed upon you. You are sealed, you are his. Live in this way.

              Wander no more.

To those who do not believe in Christ, the risen savior and Lord,

Isaiah 1:19-20

 19 If you are willing and obedient,
       you will eat the best from the land;
 20 but if you resist and rebel,
       you will be devoured by the sword."
       For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Romans 2:5

 5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.