“Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar.”
The hymn writer, Robert Robinson penned these words, “Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace, streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. The most memorable stanza of that hymn expresses a fear that every Christian has felt at one time or another: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love, take my heart, O take and seal it for thy courts above.” Prone to wander! This was the anxious cry of Robinson’s heart. And for a time, years after writing those words, he did wander away from the faith and from the God he loved. There are many examples of believers who wandered away from God: David, who was a man after God’s own heart, committed adultery with Bathsheba; Samson was led astray by Delilah. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus; Demas whom Paul said,“loved this world” and deserted the ministry. Some of these men eventually returned to a right relationship with God—and some did not.
Now as we come to Genesis 20, we must add one more name to our list of those who wander: Abraham. Immediately after the destruction of Sodom, God presents us with a vital lesson in the life of faith. Followers of God have mistaken proximity to God with intimacy with God. In other words, we think that if we just stay in God’s neighborhood, then we will never have to worry about wandering away from God. In fact, the complete opposite is true: no human being on this planet ever reaches a point in this life where he is beyond the reach of temptation, sin, and spiritual error. Abraham is vulnerable. You are vulnerable. I’m vulnerable to wander, if fact, that is my default behavior.
Pray for God to restore the brokenness in our wandering hearts. Pray for God to reconcile our wandering hearts back to His amazing grace in our lives. Pray for God to redeem to wandering lives for His glory. God pursues wandering hearts, so pray for the pursuit to heal our broken lives.