January 13, 2022
Robert Robinson had been saved out of a wretched life of sin at the age of twenty-three, Robinson wrote the hymn Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Sadly, Robinson wandered far from those streams and turned from the Lord. One day, he was traveling by stagecoach and sitting beside a young woman engrossed in her book. She ran across a verse she thought was beautiful and asked him what he thought of it.
Prone to wander — Lord, I feel it —
Prone to leave the God I love.
Bursting into tears, Robinson said, “Madam, I am the poor unhappy man who wrote that hymn many years ago, and I would give a thousand worlds, if I had them, to enjoy the feelings I had then.”
His story is similar to the condition of Israel in Jeremiah 3. Israel had rebelled against God and found themselves in a very difficult place. They cried out to the Lord but there was no power in their prayers.
They were a backslidden people who had turned from the Lord and were suffering the consequences. Jeremiah 3:6 “The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? She is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot. 7And I said after she had done all these things, turn thou unto me. But she returned not.”
Israel had been warned and had suffered the consequences of their sin. Yet they continued down that same path. They had the opportunity to repent of their transgressions and return to the Lord, yet they failed to seize that opportunity. This is true of people and of nations. God’s law is true and consistent.
You may have wandered from the Lord. You have had opportunity after opportunity to repent and you refuse. You have seen the sin in your life and continue on that same path. You must grasp the fact that you have transgressed the will of The Father and you need to return to Him while there is still time! God has spoken to you through His Word. You have sixty-six books that are filled with the truths that are needed to guide your life. You have been convicted by His Holy Spirit but continue to rebel and live outside of God’s will. Do you understand the fact that a Holy God is giving you an opportunity to be restored? Better yet do you realize that it is His desire that you return to a right relationship with Him?
You may believe that your sin is not that substantial, that it really is of no consequence. In that assumption you are very wrong! It damages every area of your life. To confess and to forsake your sin brings you back into a relationship with God. Your heart becomes sensitive again to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Maybe it is time for some early Spring cleaning in your heart. Then the fountain of blessings will open up and, suddenly, your song of faith will return! God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light