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Wanderlust
July 11, 2011
by Pastor John B. Cedar, Lamson Evangelical Free Church, Dassel

“You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” So said God as He cursed Cain for the murder of his brother, Abel.

It seems that this curse of Cain has descended upon this generation of Americans to a wide extent. We have no roots. An attractive job offer in Seattle or Phoenix draws us like a magnet. A more desirable climate in a distant part of the country makes all ties of family and friends seem relatively insignificant.

I was told just recently of an individual I know who has changed jobs for the fifth time in the past two years. Each time his comment has been that the “new” position would provide more personal satisfaction for him and greater financial security for his family.

Not only is this true in the realm of the material, but in the spiritual realm, as well. Although we have many reasons for our wandering, few of them seem to have anything at all to do with our relationship with God. Even in this essential arena of our lives we seem to have no roots.

In spite of our “wanderings,” from state to state, city to city, job to job, spouse/significant other to spouse/significant other, church to church, we never seem to be able to satisfy that deep, unexplained restlessness which drives us to ever-new surroundings.

St. Augustine, centuries ago, rightly recognized that this restlessness was of divine origin when he wrote, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart of man is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.”

Be assured that God has a perfect plan for the rest of your life and is prepared to clearly reveal it to you as you open yourself to Him in total submission to His love and grace. As you do so, you will discover that you can have perfect peace as you perform your work each day as a gift of love and gratitude to Him for all He has done for you.