Savior, Lead Me Lest I Stray

We sometimes sing a song called “Savior, Lead Me Lest I Stray.” Do we really mean the words of this song when we sing it and what does it mean to be lead by our Savior, Jesus Christ? Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 : “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Are we truly converted and willing to take the hand of our savior and be led as a little child: honest, innocent and trusting in all things.

The questions of life are indeed so large that we are helpless, no matter our age, to deal with them on our own. We need to humble ourselves and become as a little child so that our Savior can lead us through our lives and answer all the questions pertaining to our soul that man has no answer for on his own without God. Have we truly humbled ourselves to the point where we can accept everything that our Savior tells us and obey Him as a child should obey a loving parent?

This means we must not be led by our own ego and our own wants and desires, but we must submit our own will to the will of God. We must replace our own will, so to speak, and replace it with the will of our God and our Savior. It is no longer what I want or what I need, but what God wants and needs us to do that should be the chief motivating factor in our lives. This is a hard thing to do for most and takes some time, but we should be continually working on submitting our own will to the will of God.

When something we wish to do conflicts with the will of God, as we find through bible study, we should be willing and able to be led by Him, accepting that He knows what is best for us and doing His will as opposed to our own. No longer should we ask “what do I want to do,” but rather we should ask “what would God have me do.” If we can do this in each situation that arises in our lives and find the answer in His word, we are learning to be led as a little child, the way He requires, by our Savior and God.

So, when we sing the words to the song “Savior, Lead Me Lest I Stray” or contemplate them in our hearts and minds, let us truly learn to mean them and not just mouth them. Let us truly learn to be led by Jesus and do what He would have us do in all things. This takes a lot of bible study so that we may learn what the will of the Lord is and a lot of devotion to our God by applying what we learn in scripture to our lives, so that that we may become the Christians He would have us be.

Romans 12:2 says: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This is how we may be transformed to prove what is the perfect will of God, by learning it through bible study and living it by conforming our life and our will to it. We renew our minds with the will of God through constant bible study and transform our lives into what reflects the will of God by truly allowing our Savior to lead us.

And we do not want to stray from the truth once we are led by it. The bible teaches that one who leaves the truth is in a worse state than one who has never accepted the truth (2 Peter 2:20). That’s not to say that their punishment in the end will be worse, but such a one is in  a worse spiritual state than one who has never tried to conform their life to the truth.We all need our Savior to lead us, for the questions of life are too much for man to answer on his own. So let’s learn to turn to God, obey Him in all things, submitting our will to His and thus learn to be truly led by our Savior.

May God bless and keep you until next time.


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