We must be willing to follow if we want God to lead. D.L. Moody once explained that sheep in the Highlands of Scotland tend to wander off into the rocks and get into places they can’t get out. The grass on these mountains is very sweet, and the sheep like it; so they’ll jump down ten or twelve feet even though they can’t jump back again. Shortly afterwards, the shepherd hears them bleating in distress. Rather than retrieving them instantly, the shepherd waits until they are so faint they cannot stand. Then he puts a rope around them and pulls them out of the crevice.

Moody concluded his story by saying, “And that is the way with men; they won’t go back to God till they have no friends and have lost everything. If you are a wanderer I tell you 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.”

Has sin left you in an inescapable rut? Have you been trying feverishly to save yourself, but to no avail? God wants to help you and me, but He is powerless to help us until we give up trying to help ourselves.

Regardless of the severity of our offenses, we must learn to let go so God can start the restoration process.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder