Is God waiting you out?
Dr. Andrew Bonar tells of how, in the highlands of Scotland, a sheep would often wander off into the rocks and get into places they couldn’t get out of.
The grass on these mountains is very sweet and the sheep like it. The sheep will jump down ten or twelve feet to get to this sweet grass, only to later discover they can’t jump back up again, and the shepherd hears them bleating in distress. The sheep may be there for days, until they have eaten all the grass. The shepherd will wait until they are so faint they cannot stand, and then he will put a rope around him, and he will go over and pull that sheep up out of the jaws of death.
“Why don’t they go down there when the sheep first gets there?” someone asked.
“Ah!” responded Dr. Bonar, “The sheep are so very foolish they would dash right over the precipice and be killed if they did!”
That is the way with human beings — they won’t go back to God until they have lost everything. If you are a wanderer, know that the Good Shepherd will bring you back the moment you have given up trying to save yourself and are willing to let Him save you His own way.
“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all,” Isaiah 53:6
Have you strayed from God? Are you ready to let Him save you the way He wants to deliver you? Or are you bleating in distress while resisting His offer of salvation?