Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.
Now here’s a promise that we need to hear and receive. The faithfulness of the Lord is proven in this promise. If we return to Him, He will return to us. Yes, there are times in our lives when we think we have it all together and we lose the understanding that we don’t have anything without the grace of God. Yes, we get the “spirit of stupid” in us. No condemnation to anyone in this because I have been in that place where I felt that I’d set God aside until I thought I needed Him. And you know what? God has allowed that to happen. Why? Because I needed to learn AGAIN that I don’t have any control over anything. God has allowed me to follow the steps I order so that I can see that I’m walking down a path that leads no good way. Once I realize I’m headed for trouble, I’m lead to repentance.
Repentance involves a total turning away from sin and a turning to God. God’s return then blesses us with His presence. Scripture declares that all humanity has turned away from God, and must return to him. The term “repentance” is often used to refer to this process of returning to God and the inward and outward changes that it demands of people. Scripture also indicates that believers can wander away from God; they too must return to him. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way”. (Isaiah 53:6 NKJV)
Under the old covenant, coming near to God was closely linked with the sacrificial system, but under the new covenant Jesus Christ’s sacrifice has given believers free access into God’s presence. “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22 NKJV) Having a relationship with Jesus Christ gives us access whereby we can come humbly before Him and repent. His mercy and grace hears our prayers and His faithfulness will forgive us. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV)
Friend, simply put, there are times when we place God in a position that is not #1. Yes, sometimes we will walk away from Him. God loves us with an everlasting love and His desire is that we have an intimate relationship with Him. “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV) And when we repent and call upon His Name, God will hear us and return to us. God is faithful. “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV) Maybe today you’re thinking that you need to return to God. Maybe today you’re thinking that the road you are on is headed for trouble. Maybe today you’re thinking about making a change. Just humbly quiet your heart and mind and go to God in prayer. Let Him know EVERYTHING you are feeling. Repent before Him and ask Him to return to you. Then, remain still and be washed in His presence. How do I know this works? I’ve been there.
Dear God, I humbly come before You in repentance. I have walked away and pushed You aside. I have walked in my own way and in my own effort and I realize now I have been wrong. Forgive me God and return to me. Bring me Your presence and Your peace. I desire to have fellowship with You. Thank You God. I receive You. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!