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Have you ever wandered away from the Truth? Then James wrote his book for you. He writes to those who are wandering due to all kinds of reasons. Some are suffering persecution, others can’t control their tongues. Some are selfish, others proud, some are rich and others persecuted by the rich. At the very end of the book, he writes:

Jas 5:19 (NIV2011)  My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20  remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

James wrote in Greek, and the word for “wander” he used is “planaho.” Our word “planet” is taken from this word to give the idea that these “wandering stars” aren’t fixed like other stars. Those who are wandering are the “sick” from the previous verses; they aren’t fixed to Christ, and as a result need prayer for forgiveness and healing. If this happens, the wanderer then avoids destruction and has their sins covered.

When we wander, we need restoration, not judgment. God doesn’t give up on us, and we shouldn’t give up on each other. While there is life, there is hope. The key for us wanderers, is to know and admit when we are wandering. This happens in the first song below.


I love the final verse quoted below. It was written by Robert Robinson and Martin Madan in 1758. It makes me feel good to know that two guys from a few hundred years ago also needed to be saved from the error of their ways.


Oh, to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let thy goodness, like a fetter,

Bind my wandering heart to thee:

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it

Prone to leave the God I love

Here's my heart Lord, take and seal it

Seal it for Thy courts above.

What a beautiful prayer!

See you Sunday,