The Lord Shows the Proper Path to Those Who Go Astray
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
Psalm 25:8 in the NLT says, The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. We must keep reminding ourselves of the truth: God has not, nor will he give up on our prodigals any more than He gives up on us when we sin. The Pulpit Commentary explains it this way: "He will not abandon sinners - this is his "goodness; but will reclaim them, chasten them, make them to walk in his way - this is his uprightness." This verse is good news!
We all go astray at times...some for longer than others. But whether we fall into occasional sin, or we get stuck in our sin, God doesn't give up on us. Even when we give up on God, He remains faithful. He said to Israel, His often rebellious children, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." (Jer 31:3) And this is what He is still saying today.
Listen to what one person asked Billy Graham and the answer he gave:
Q: Does God ever give up on someone? My brother hasn't had anything to do with God since he was a teenager over 50 years ago, and he just laughs when I tell him I'm still praying for him. Is he hopeless? A: No one is absolutely hopeless in God’s eyes, and God never gives up on even the most hardened or rebellious sinner. The Bible says, “he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). At the same time, the longer a person resists God and refuses to respond to Him, the harder it becomes for them to hear His voice as the years go by. Have you ever worked in your garden (for example) and used a tool that rubbed repeatedly against your hand? Over time, that hand probably grew calloused and tough, so it was able to resist the constant rubbing of that tool’s handle. In the same way, when we constantly refuse to listen to God and insist on going our own way, over time our hearts and minds become calloused and hard. Then we no longer feel the “nudges” God sends our way or are sensitive to His voice. This is one reason why the Bible urges us to respond to God today, “so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13). Ask God to help you be an example of Christ’s love to your brother. In addition, keep praying for him; God is able to do what we can’t do. God’s ways with others admittedly are often hidden from us, but He is still able to work. The Bible says, “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear” (Isaiah 59:1).
God's promises are the hope we have and hold on to always!