“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
When Isaiah writes that we are all like sheep, he is referring to our simple and foolish nature. We are all plagued with tendencies to stray from God’s teachings and shun companionship with Him.
I can certainly relate to the nature of a simple and foolish sheep who strays far from his shepherd. When I was a boy, I went to church every week and came to know who Jesus was and what He had done for me. As I entered my teenage years, my family began to fall apart from selfishness, greed and bitterness. When I was 15-years-old, my parents divorced. The pressure was overwhelming and I sought refuge in everything, but God. I lived in sin for nearly 20 years until I realized that my sin had taken over my life and that it would certainly lead me to death. Jesus, the Great Shepherd, came looking for me just as He said that he would in his parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7, John 10:1-18).
When Jesus came for me, I recognized Him. I was emotionally exhausted and ready for His embrace. Had it not been for my early exposure to Jesus through the church, my stubbornness would have kept me in habitual sin for many more years. The importance of introducing children to Jesus cannot be overstated! This begins in the home with a family that models life according to Biblical principles. Secondly, a strong church home is critical to the development of the next generation. I sing daily praises to the Lord for blessing me with a program like NorthPointe Kids to supplement my child’s spiritual growth. With diligence and God’s grace, it is my prayer that my son will avoid much of the pain brought on by perpetual sin.
Questions & Applications
In what ways do you stray from God? What can you do to reconnect with Him?
Father God, I’ve strayed from you so many times. Thank you for continuing to seek me out, to rescue me and to save me from certain death. I pray for every child at NorthPointe Church and in our community. They are your instruments to mold and shape for your purposes. Give me enduring strength that I may contribute to their spiritual growth through my experience, my generosity and my time. Amen.