Prone to Wander, Lord I Feel It

(Reblogged from November 27, 2010)

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Every now and then, this old hymn comes to mind. I really feel that it is applicable to me. Look at all God has done for me, even in just the last week, even in the last two days. Yet, I still have a wandering heart. My heart can’t seem to stay still. It longs to leave God, to chase after the world! I do not understand it! How can I possibly consider the shameful alternatives to the Way of Jesus, the Way of the Cross? I do not know. It saddens me that I cannot remain faithful to the faithfulness of God. Thankfully Jesus’ Heart is much more willing to stay with me.

Lord, you know that I am prone to leave your gracious love. Take my heart and save it for yourself. Fill me with the grace and wisdom to be able to stay put. Amen.