8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
A nest is an important place for a bird.
In their nest, a bird finds:
- a home;
- security from many predators, and related to this
- a safe place to eat;
- eggs, which lead to
If a bird wanders away from its nest, it could potentially lose all of that.
Men … and Women
There decidedly has been a breakdown of the family over the past half-century. Many a man and woman has left a family to seek “happiness” or some other distant goal.
Divorce rates are currently around 50% in the Western world.
Single parenthood has been steadily rising.
The definition of marriage has been altered.
New definitions of “love” have come to the fore.
And what does it mean?
There is a lack of relational security for these people. Children learn confusing things about love and acceptance. There is a loss of absolute truth in many minds.
And what does this lead to?
Not happiness. Often it leads to pain, confusion, heartache, lack of direction, and lack of security in general.
What does God say?
“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Mark 10:9, NIV
A man (or woman) who wanders from his place is the one who leaves behind his family and responsibility.
A man or woman who wanders from the Lord leaves behind God and responsibility.
Where does that leave you?
Heavenly Father, give us intimacy in our relationships, strength to endure struggles and to hold on, and a love we cannot comprehend. Teach us to be faithful through Your Holy Spirit.