By: Maynard H. Belt — Reprinted with permission
O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness like a fetter bind my wand’ring 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.
Have you ever wondered if you were backsliding? Now, isn’t that a rather strange question to ask of those who are on the front lines of service for the Lord? Maybe not. Even as you walk through the corridors of faith found in Hebrews chapter eleven, if you carefully track the lives of those found there, many also had in their lives of service for the Lord a “wandering” experience. Even Peter, one of the Lord’s “up-front” disciples lied under pressure, a sure sign of backsliding. Why? Because at that particular time the Scriptures tell us that “he followed afar off.” Peter, as the songwriter wrote, was “prone to wander.” Of all the prophets in the Old Testament we read where Isaiah, Joel and Micah prophesied; Daniel wept; Ezekiel preached; Daniel prayed; Hosea endured pain; Amos, Obadiah, Nahum, Habbakkuk, Zephaniah and Malachi warned against sin; Haggai and Zechariah encouraged; but Jonah ran from God while confessing to be fearful of Him (Jonah 1:11)! Ever so often, there is one among the many faithful who backslides, who wanders away, who slips from fellowship, who may even try to serve while scurrying away. As with the disciples in the Upper Room, we too must respond to the words of the Lord that one would betray Him, with the soul-searching question, “Lord, is it I?”