Wayward Sheep


“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, everyone, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Isaiah 53:6

It has been many years since I have thought of this verse.

This morning I choose to use my favorite Bible in my devotional time. This particular Bible is a Women’s Study Bible that I came to know Jesus intimately during my loneliness and struggles during my ‘single again ‘ years. Jesus has been in my heart since age 9 but He didn’t fill my total being until I was 49. The Mighty Jesus used this particular Bible to bring this wayward child home.

Some mornings I do a more formal devotional. Other mornings I ask The Lord just to hive me a word, to just speak to me and I will open my Bible where I feel He is leading me. This morning it was Isaiah 53.

This is one of the very first verses I memorized as a young girl. I was in GA – Girls Auxiliary in our church and this was the verse that was the theme verse for all GA groups. It has been years since I thought of this verse.

As I read it this morning over and over God spoke —

– oh how many times have I strayed from The Lord since I was that 9 yr old girl! Too many to count! Yet every time He has found me and brought me home to His sweet pasture! Praise The Lord!!!!

– how fan anyone miss the prophecy in this verse? I did for many years. Isaiah the great prophet spoke of our LORD 700-740 years before His birth!!!!

-Jesus bore my sins so that I have the privilege and honor to be His sheep enjoying His beautiful, lush pasture.

Thank you LORD for ALWAYS finding me and for bringing me home each time I wander off and THANK YOU for choosing me and dying for me.

This wandering sheep is so blessed.
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May you have an awesome day walking with Jesus.

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3 thoughts on “Wayward Sheep

  1. How blessed are we that, even though we continually wander from the the grace and love of our God that He faithfully pursues us and leads us back home. I cannot even comprehend love so amazing, so steadfast.

    I am reminded of a verse from the song, “Above All”, by Michael W. Smith:

    Crucified, laid behind a stone
    You lived to die, rejected and alone
    Like a rose, trampled on the ground
    You took the fall and thought of me
    Above all

    Why would He do it? There is no way I am worthy of that kind of devotion. But I am reminded of the parable of the Pearl Merchant:

    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it., Matthew 13:45,46

    The thought of this brings me to tears, but I am that pearl that God thought so highly of that He sacrificed everything, even the life of His own Son, so that I would be His eternally.

    Oh, how I wish to be worthy of that Love, to live every moment as my Lord would have me live!

    Thank you for sharing, and may the Lord bless you richly,
    John

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