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“The Wandering Saint”

When one wanders it may be described as they just took a stroll.  The thing about a stroll is it often leads into an area where a person gets caught up in things and lose their way back.  This can happen in a Christians’ spiritual journey as well.  None of us are perfect and we must be careful to stay focused on Christ or we may find ourselves in a position wondering how we got there and how do we get back.  Are you in such a situation today?  Was there a day you were closer to the Lord than you are now?  Has your spiritual appetite and things for God grown cool or cold?  Has the Word of God, praying and attending Worship lost its meaning?  If so, you have wandered from the truth.

 

The Bible gives us examples of Godly people who wandered from their faith.  David did it numerous times, Samson took his eyes off God and placed them on women and really got himself in a mess (Judges 14-16).  Peter is another who was so confident in himself and his faith, he failed to recognize how weak he really was.  Promising to never deny Christ, he did so three times in one night (Matthew 26 & John 21).  Then there is the doubtful wanderer – Thomas (John 20:24-29).  As we read these stories of great men, we must remind ourselves Satan truly does go after God’s people with a vengeance.  You and I are not immune to his attacks.  Satan is an expert at making darkness appear to be light.  He makes the bad and ugly beautiful.  He’s a master at convincing people (even Christians) “just once – it’s OK” and “no one will ever find out, so no one gets hurt!”  The spiritual wanderer starts their walk innocently in most cases, but the consequence could be devastating.  The farther one goes from God, the harder it is to return.  Ones heart becomes careless and begins to reject the Holy Spirit’s nudge to come back.

 

Here’s what I know.  The message of the Gospel is the past can be forgiven.  Hurts can be healed.  Sin can be atoned for.  We worship God today because of what Jesus Christ has done for sinful people … like us.  No matter where you are or where you have been or what you have done or how long you have been away, God longs for His children to return to Him.  “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).  If you are lost today and sensing you aren’t where you should be spiritually, God is speaking to you right now saying, “Come home!”  If you’ll look, His shining light will direct your path back to where you want and need to be.  You’ve been AWOL long enough.  Now is the time to begin your trek back where you belong.  God’s waiting for you with open arms.

 

Pastor Carnes