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Are you a weary wanderer who comes and goes without a clear path or destination in mind? Do you feel like a sheep led astray without a shepherd to guide you? I know a Good Shepherd who will not only guide you but He will never let you go! God will leave the 99 to find His 1 lost sheep.
As we take some time to reflect on the wanderer I think it’s best to start with the following verse.
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
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Are You the Weary Wanderer without a Shepherd to guide you?
I want to share the words of one of my favorite songs of all time. It’s an oldie but goodie. I have a video at the bottom for you to listen to “if” you have not heard of it. The song is a seal of a promise that though we are prone to leave the fold of God…He pursues us and brings us safely home.
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: Song for The Wanderer
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love
Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here there by Thy great help I’ve come
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood.
Oh, that day when freed from sinning
I shall see Thy lovely face
Clothed then in the blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy wondrous grace
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry
Take my ransomed soul away
Send Thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless…
My Pastor recently finished a series called tested and approved this week that was on the Weary Wanderer. I’m wanting to share with you his guideline on this particular service. This series made a huge impact on my life, and my prayer is that it will change yours too.
what does it mean to be a wanderer?
My pastor described wandering as proceeding without a proper sense of direction, led astray, and lastly turning to our own way. A weary wanderer is a person who travels around rather than settling in one place. Synonyms: traveler, rover, nomad, and a drifter.
How do you know if you’re the wanderer TYPE?
Sweet friends, do you know that all of us can be labeled as a wanderer? What? Say it isn’t so. We need to call it like it is and stop looking at everyone else and take a good hard look at the truth about ourselves.
We have either wandered (PAST TENSE) or we are still wandering (PRESENT TENSE) or someday we will wander (FUTURE TENSE). It’s just the way our deceitful hearts are. We are prone to wander and God’s work backs up this statement.
All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned, everyone, to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him, the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
Like foolish sheep, we wander away from our Good Shepherd, away from the safety of the fold, and we expose ourselves to countless dangers. Read John 10:1-18
Have you witnessed a born again believer who has wandered away from the biblical truths in God’s word? Possibly this is you? I know speaking from experience that I have in my own life.
I’ve have also personally witnessed this in my Church. More often than not when a child leaves the safety confinements of their home and go off to college they can tend to be easily swayed by influence from their peers.
You can be an active member serving in a local church and yet wander away from the truth of the gospel. Now, I realize some reading reading this would disagree with this statement but I have witnessed it time and time again.
The Wanderer Story from a pastor’s true story
Kurtis loved the game of basketball in school however he couldn’t play well. He loved how he looked on the court but his skills of the game were rather lacking. He spent more time being consumed by how he looked instead of how he played.
In other words, he was engaged in the game but NOT the team. If we aren’t careful that can be said of our Christian walk as well. Can you say OUCH? I told you this was good stuff on being the weary wanderer!
A weary wanderer needs a shepherd to lead them
Pastor Kurtis’s story led to a great ending. A fellow player asked to spend time with him. He wanted to coach him and give him pointers which lead him on a better path.
Someone took the time to come alongside him and show him the correct way his life was forever changed. His love for the game changed.
That can be said about you and me also. We need to be that Friend that will lead others towards Jesus Christ in a loving way not pointing fingers.
Sadly, we are too prone to judge WHY someone is wandering, instead of lovingly bringing them back. Don’t beat them over the head! Give them Love in truth!
Let God do the convicting. As born-again followers of Jesus Christ God uses you and me as his instruments to help guide and lead others.
help Guide the wanderer back in love and truth
If you notice the wanderer (whether that be a believer or a non-believer) we are called to pull them back. This is important because we aren’t promised our next breath let alone tomorrow so have to have to try
One who wanders from the way of good sense will rest in the assembly of the dead. Proverbs 21:16
If we are not willing to start a conversation with a brother or sister in love, or an unbeliever their blood will be on our hands. They could end up on a path of destruction and eternal damnation apart from Jesus Christ for ALL eternity.
Good and bad ways to start a conversation with the wanderer
THE WRONG WAY TO START A CONVERSATION with a weary wanderer
- Why haven’t you been to Church?
- Are you even saved?
THE RIGHT WAY TO START A CONVERSATION WITH A WEARY WANDERER
- How are you doing? Hear- Listen – Understand
- What do you think God is wanting to teach or reveal to you? – Share your wandering tendencies.
- How can I help you?
Bible verses for the wanderer
And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. Matthew 24:4
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14:12
But you yourselves wrong and defraud, even your own brothers! 1 Corinthians 6:8
Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Psalm 103:20
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. Hebrews 3:12
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? Matthew 18:12
And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. Matthew 18:13
If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Ezekiel 3:18
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:2
But because of your hard and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. Romans 2:5
In closing on Are You the Weary Wanderer without a Shepherd to Guide You?
The best shepherd you will ever find is Jesus Christ. We are His Disciple’s and we’re called to share the good news of the Gospel. If you witness a brother or sister wandering from the fold of God go to them in love and guide them safely back to the throne of God.
If you know someone who doesn’t know God as their personal savior help them to understand they are LOST so they can be FOUND. Tell them about our Good Shepherd and lead them to the Cross of salvation.
Many have the idea that Christian life is perfect when in reality we are ALL imperfect which is why we need the Cross. Remember, the church isn’t a house for Saint’s it’s a hospital for Sinners.