I recently heard a hymn that posed a question in my heart as I heard one of the verses. The hymn is as follows:
Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.
Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I'm come; and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God; he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
The last phrase didn't sit right with me. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love? The word prone is what bothered me when I sang it. I looked up the definition of prone to make sure that the definition I remembered was accurate. Here is what I found.
Prone: having a natural inclination or tendency to something; disposed; liable
Example: "to be prone to anger."
How can one say they would be prone to leave someone they love? Do husbands and wives say this to each other? Surely not.
How about mothers and fathers? Do they think of being prone to leave their children? I would hope not.
Why do we separate the two? How can someone be in love with their Creator, and yet be prone to leave Him? In fact, I believe the opposite. As I draw closer to my Saviour...the God I love...I have less of a desire to leave, less of a desire to hurt Him. Yes, I agree that there are things that may attempt to pull our love away. When you find that a behavior hurts the one you love, it then makes it important for you to change. I can see how maybe the writer meant that there are things that try to draw our attention away; that there are temptations. But I know that as I draw close to him by reading the Bible and talking to Him throughout the day, I fall more in love with Him! I am but flesh, and for my spirit man to be strong, it must stay close to my Saviour!
I should be so bold to say that I will NEVER leave! I say it with humbleness, knowing that it is His love that draws me close; it's by His grace that I am saved and His words that keep me on the straight path. His love has never failed! Trust and Fall into His arms!