Have you ever wandered from God? Maybe you are right now. Maybe you have never known Him to wander from him. Since the original wanderer Cain, who “went out from the presence of the Lord to the land of Nod (meaning “wandering”), mankind, including you and I, have been “prone to wandering from the truth.” We have, in the words of Augustine & Luther got a problem called in Latin “Incurvatus is se” and we desperately need to be freed from it…
Look at the last two verses of the book of James, where, instead of a gentle good-bye-God-bless-you greeting at the end of his letter in Ch 5v19&20, James ends with this urgent reminder:
My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God. (The Message Translation.)
In the NIV reads like this: My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.