When I was a boy around the age of 9 or 10 a friend and I went on an expedition in the woods. The church that I attended as a boy had a property which we used for picnics, camping, and activities. I was having a blast wandering through the woods with my friend and soon into our hike we came upon a creek. As a young boy (and even as a man) staring at a creek looking for life and simply enjoying the water is life at its best. As my friend and I were enjoying the creek we heard an eerie sound which we assumed was a raccoon. We ran quickly through the woods and soon found ourselves lost for direction. We were so deep in the woods that we could not see the main part of the property and nothing looked familiar to us. As a 9-10 year old boy my heart and mind began to race 100 miles per hour. All I could think about was death and danger. My friend recommended that we stop and pray which we did. Soon after we heard our dads calling for us from the main part of the property. This was as close to “wandering in a desert waste” as I have ever been in my life, but it was a great relief when I found my way back to my father. When my friend and I called upon God he lead us to the straight path. Throughout history, God has delivered those who have called upon Him and led them by a straight way.
Psalm 107 begins in verses 1-2 with a call for us to give thanks unto our God. The psalmist reminds us that we should give thanks for 1. God’s Steadfast Love and 2. God’s Redemption of His People from Trouble.Verse 3 tells us that God is in the redeeming business all over the world. In verses 4-9 the Psalm tells us how God helps The Wandering and Hungry Find a Home.
Some of you reading this article can relate to verses 4-9 in the Psalm in a real physical way. Maybe you have been homeless due to uncontrollable circumstances or sinful choices. Some of you know what it is to be starving for food and shelter. Perhaps you have never been in a permanent home or family. Some of us, by God’s grace, have never been in physical need, but all of us either are or have been wandering, hungry, and thirsty travelers in this world spiritually.
As a child growing up in a Christian home, I knew the truth of the Bible, but I did not personally know the God of the Bible. I was a rebellious, wandering young man desperately in need of God’s grace. As a young teenager I turned to the pleasures and sin of this world for satisfaction only to come away hungry, thirsty, and lost. I was sitting regularly before the feast of God’s word but refused to eat anything. Wandering on the path that leads to Hell, the Holy Spirit of God convicted me of my sin, opened my eyes, resorted my fainting soul, and brought me back to the straight path that was right before me.
Are You Still Wandering, Hungering, and Thirsting? Turn From Your Sin and Ask Christ to Redeem You Today.
Has Christ Set You On The Straight Way? “Thank Him For His Steadfast Love, For His Wondrous Works to the Children of Man” (v. 8).
Are You Physically Wandering and Hungry? Know That God Notices and Cares For Your Trouble. He Desires That You Cry Out To Him For Deliverance.
Are You Redeemed? SAY SO!