By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
The wayward man is resistant to guidance and is self-willed; with the moral compass of such an individual having been cast aside. Similar characteristics are: Adrift, carnal, loose morals, and unstable as water.
Scripture reveals: The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceases: he has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, he regards no man (Isaiah 33:8).
In reference to the highways lying waste it notes that those of Isaiah's day were not attentive to the ministry of the Word or keeping the ordinances of the Lord. The wayfaring (or wayward man) ceases refers to the cessation of religious worship; the sabbath being kept but not of a religious nature.
Wherefore the Lord said, this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men (Isaiah 29:13).
A Bible commentary noted: The prophet condemns his own people for honoring God with their mouth and lips but not their heart. He further noted that their fear or reverence was merely an intellectual accommodation taught by the precepts of men. True worship must began with a proper reverence for God and His Word.
The results of sin prompted this question: Has a nation changed their gods, which are yet not gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit (Jeremiah 2:11). Your own wickedness shall correct you, and your backsliding shall reprove you: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that you have forsaken the Lord your God, and that my fear (or dread of me) is not in you, saith the Lord God of hosts (Jeremiah 2:19).
Yet I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then are you turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me (Jeremiah 2:21)? Israel had become as a wayward man disoriented from the truth; resistant to guidance from on High, walking in their own desired path, as that of the heathen nations round them, drifting away from God.
We are seeing the downward spiral of many churches as they embrace the worldliness concept of indulgence; with many once godly nations allowing the ungodliness of man to infiltrate and become acceptable rather than rejected.
There are inroads being laid; along with rulings and judgments issued, that has placed such in great peril! When an individual or nation comes into the wayward man status; they become resistant to guidance, disobedient to God's Word, perverse and willful in their ungodly conduct.
Former President Abraham Lincoln said: We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown, but we have forgotten God. We have become to self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
In reference to a Messiah (or Deliverer), the prophet Isaiah said: Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm (or power) of the Lord revealed (Isaiah 53:1). In this verse we see the Messiah, the Son of God, who alone can atone for sin. However, His message of deliverance is rejected by the wayward man.
Scripture reveals: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every man to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him, the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6). One does not have to remain in the wayward man category; resistant to guidance from on High, perverse in nature, adrift, self-willed, but can become freed by becoming a child of God though the Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus invitation an invitation to all, in saying: Behold, I stand at the door and knock (the door of one's heart); if any man hear my voice, and open the door (only you can), I will come into to him, and will sup (or dine) with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
If you are as the wayward man; it is my prayer that you will openly seek to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, inviting Him into your heart and life, being refreshed in the presence of His Spirit, for a lifetime of fellowship even throughout eternity! I accepted that invitation 42 years ago and have been dining with the personage of Jesus ever since that eventfully day!
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