are you PRONE to WANDER?

Nov 02, 2021
When my youngest was little, I had to keep her close. I had to keep an eye on her because she was prone to wander away from me. Sparkly things grabbed her attention.
 
And if there was a unicorn in sight, you bet she leaped for it. So I had to tether her. I either put her in the cart or we had a rule that she could walk as long as her hand was on the cart.
 
I too wander sometimes. I get lured away by shiny, sparkly things. My heart is firmly with Jesus and my salvation is secure, but the sparkly things of this world draw my eye sometimes. I am made to worship Jesus. Psalm 95, Psalm 148, and Isaiah 43 make this clear. Yet I find myself drawn to worship other things. Contentment is a constant struggle for me. Worshipping the what-ifs of life causes my heart to wander.
 
As a believer, I have the Holy Spirit dwelling me and you do too if you have believed and trusted Jesus. This is good news. It means that I don’t wander far without feeling the pull to come back. The Holy Spirit gives me awareness and convicts me of my heart of my wandering.
 
It’s often my thoughts that wander. How about you? My thoughts can quickly make things real that don’t exist. Jealousy, judgment, insecurities, and loneliness are just a few. The great news is that Paul has a remedy for this wandering. He says in Philippians 4 to pray and give thanks and then in verse 8 and 9, he says
 
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
 
And so I linger with Jesus. I think about these things and think about the truths I read in scripture that tell me that I am not alone, that tell me my identity in Christ is beautiful and secure. I think about Jesus. He is true. He is honorable. He is just and pure and lovely. He is excellent and worthy of my praise. I linger with him.
 
If you find yourself wandering, I encourage you to linger too. Just like my daughter needed a tether—a hand on the cart—we need to tether ourselves by lingering with Jesus.
 
Here are 5 ways you can linger today:
  1. Memorize Philippians 4:8—Click HERE to download FREE Phone Lock Screens to help!
  2. Turn on praise and worship music. Then let your mind focus on those words and Jesus rather than the other thoughts...kick those out of your head.
  3. Ask a friend what they are learning about God. And share what you are learning too.
  4. Read God’s Word. If you don’t have a daily reading plan, then I encourage you to read Isaiah 43 or Psalm 95.
  5. Pray out loud or write it down. Praise God for who he is. Repent of times and ways that you have wandered from him. Ask him to, by his power, keep your mind fixed on him. Ask him to help you take every thought captive. Yield to him. Listen to his response.
 
Psalm 119:9-11 says “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
 
We can guard our heart from wandering by tethering it to Jesus. Linger with Jesus today, friend. Stay longer than necessary with a reluctance to leave.
 
To God Be the Glory