Return to God

Return to God. Will God really hear us when we come back to Him? Spend some time reading the book of Genesis all the way through; then, go to the books of 1st and 2nd Kings.

22 “ Return, you backsliding children,
And I will heal your backslidings.”

“ Indeed we do come to You,
For You are the LORD our God.
23 Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills,
And from the multitude of mountains;
Truly, in the LORD our God
Is the salvation of Israel.

Jeremiah 3:22-23, NKJV

Return to God

Look at verse 22 shown above; it has ten simple words, and yet oh how difficult it is to obey. Have you noticed that even believers often will try everything else that they can think of before they will return to God?

I recently encouraged my son, who is in the hospital yet again, to spend time in prayer and Bible reading every day. He is a dear saint, but his first response was, "I don't have time." How quickly those words slip out of our mouth, but are they really true? Everyone has the same amount of time; each person uses that time as he chooses. Yes, I know that sometimes we really do not have time, but that should be the exception, not the rule. Truthfully, we do not have the time to not read the Word of God!

Will God really hear us when we come back to Him? Spend some time reading the book of Genesis all the way through; then, go to the books of 1st and 2nd Kings. Look at Israel; time after time they rebelled against God, and yet, when they returned He was always there. Even in the New Testament their rebellion is still evident. Yet God, in His grace and mercy, sent His only Son to bridge the gap between God and man.

One of my favorite hymns is "Come Thou Fount." How often I hear myself repeating the words:

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.

Prone to leave the God I love!

That is truly the way we are, is it not? We can be ever so close to the Lord, enjoying the wonders of personal fellowship with Him. As a matter of fact, our joy is so complete that we cannot even imagine wandering from Him again. Then what happens? We gradually slip away until one day we say, "How did I ever get this far away from God?"

The nation of Israel had a history of constantly falling away from God, returning back to Him, and then falling away from Him again. Let us fall before the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to help us to remain faithful to Him. Our time on this earth is so short, and eternity is so long!

Return to God! Only in Him will you find true peace and joy; only in Him will you have a true purpose to fulfill for His glory. Take some time every day to read your Bible and pray; go to my website and to read more devotions. Fill your hearts and minds with Christ. You don't have time? Make the time!

Return to God

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