Recently there has been much said in our community about stray dogs wandering around town. These animals can be a nuisance, chasing after animals and cars, destroying property, and causing neighbors to worry about their safety. Yet, most of these animals have a home where people love them and enjoy having them around. For one reason or another, they have wandered from that home into places where they are not only a nuisance to others but also in danger themselves.
In most cases, these animals would be loved, cared for, well fed, and safe if they stayed home, but something caught their attention or curiosity, and they went astray. In many ways, people can be the same way. The laws under which we live have been put in place for our care and well-being (Romans 13:1). The wisdom that we receive from God is provided out of love, but we often stray from the safety of the one who provides our every need. “Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes” (Psalm 119:67-68). Thankfully, Heaven’s love has provided us a way to return home (1 Peter 2:25). While other things may glitter, God’s ways are where we find safety, love, and peace.