Sometimes, followers of the Lord can wander off His pathway through distraction, temptation, or deception. We can also be led off His pathway by pursuing things God has not chosen for us. Every path followed that is not His path, will lead to a dead end.
What should we do when we realize we have taken the wrong way, which has taken us to the wrong place, and has brought us the wrong results?
There are two important steps we can take. The first step is to turn away from the path we have been following, and the second step is to return to the path we once followed.
Through God’s grace we can turn away from the wrong path, and through God’s mercy we can return to His way.
We can turn from our wanting and return to His contentment;
We can turn from our wilderness and return to His green pastures;
We can turn from our restlessness and return to His still waters;
We can turn from our hurting and return to His restoration;
We can turn from our confusion and return to His leading;
We can turn from our fears and return to His security;
We can turn from our despair and return to His comfort;
We can turn from our isolation and return to His table;
We can turn from our dryness and return to His anointing;
We can turn from our heaviness and return to His joy;
We can turn from our oppression and return to His goodness;
We can turn from our wandering and return to His fold.
-Based upon Psalm 23
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength…” Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)