Prone to Wander? Mercy, Yes…


Prone—an interesting word. 

The dictionary definition is having a natural inclination or tendency to something; disposed; liable.

Synonyms include, susceptible, vulnerable, liable, and open.

Oh, I am so prone to certain things. I tend to:

            —Surrender to cravings for peanut M&M’s

            —Binge-watch football on the weekends

            —Totally spoil my grandsons (Not going to fight this vulnerability)

But sadly, I succumb to the more serious. I’m prone to:


            —Be stubborn

            —Demand my own way

            —Be lazy

            —Procrastinate (Oh, have mercy)

            —Speak before I think

            —Judge others harshly

            —Hold a grudge


The words of the precious hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Robert Robinson, 1735-1790) sums it up in one phrase:

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

Because of this hateful sin nature I was born with, I’m prone to wander from my Lord. And when I roam from His heart, my self tends to explode with pride, vanity, and selfishness. When I wander from God’s plans and direction, I not only dig a hole, I sit at the bottom like a petulant child—arms crossed and lower lip protruding.

What a mess.

Praise God He has a solution to our sin-prone, wandering souls!

The second verse of the hymn holds these amazing words:

 “Jesus sought me when a stranger,

 Wandering from the fold of God;

 He, to rescue me from danger,

 Interposed his precious blood.”


Because of our rescue through the precious blood of Christ, we have forgiveness.

And restoration.

Two of the most beautiful words ever offered from the sacrificial heart of our Creator God.

Words that should drive us to our knees in thanksgiving and praise. Words that should send us running, no—sprinting back into the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Can you hear His sweet voice?

Yes, she falls down, but she gets back up. She is sometimes faithless, but she comes to Me and seeks restoration. She is prone to fail Me, but her heart keeps short accounts and reaches for forgiveness. She is Mine, the apple of My eye, sealed for all eternity.

 “…here’s my heart, O take and seal it,

 Seal it for thy courts above.”

 Yes, Lord. Yes.


Do you have specific vulnerabilities you are constantly fighting? God provides the rescue!

Have a blessed week!


Leigh Ann 🙂

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