Zechariah 1:3 Return To The Lord

Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 1:3

Israel had been in captivity for 70 years. The Israelites were starting to ask how long God would be angry with them and keep them in captivity. God tells them to return to Him and He will return to them. He had been angry with them, but was ready to forgive and move forward, if they were willing.

For many different reasons, there have been people who have chosen to walk away from God. They choose to no longer go to church or serve God at all. Some will continue to go to church, but do not really serve God or even have any type of relationship with Him anymore.

For a lot of these people, who have chosen to walk away from God, they feel as though they can no longer return to Him. They may feel as though God has rejected them for all eternity and that there is no longer any hope left. People feel as though they have committed the greatest sin and can no longer be forgiven.

As much as a person may feel like this, it is not true. Prior to ever serving God, a person was in the same position, rejecting God and living in sin. If God can accept a person then, He will accept the person when he returns again. God is a loving and merciful God. He is ready to forgive and save.

God will not force Himself upon someone, but wants the person to want to have a relationship with Him. He gently calls each person to have that relationship. If the person draws near to God, God will quickly draw near to him.

You may be a spot where you have allowed yourself to walk away from God. You may or may not be in church, but you no longer have a close relationship with God. You may feel as though you are now rejected by God and cannot return.

These are thoughts from the devil, reject them. Draw near to God. Return to Him and seek His forgiveness for the wrongs done and seek to worship and serve Him. He is there waiting for you to return. His love for you knows no end.

Will you return?

I pray today that you will return to God; that you will worship and serve God with your life; that you will have a close relationship with God; and that you will continually draw near to God. 

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Hebrews 10:22 Get Near To God

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

Having just pointed out that Jesus has removed the sins of the people and made a way for them to enter into the Holy of Holies to be with God, they are encouraged to go in. The curtain was the dividing line between the Holy and the Most Holy. On the other side was where God would dwell. The author of Hebrews wants people now to move into the inner place to be near God, but he says it must be done with sincere hearts.

One has a sincere heart who is dedicated, not false in any way, no false motives, loyal, and loving. Not every person has a sincere heart.

Everyday many people go to a workplace to do some work, but their hearts are not in it. They only do the job for the paycheck, not to do the boss a service, or to do the people they are working for a service. Often they don’t even really like their job, but it pays, so they do it. Their hearts are not in it.

Other ways people’s hearts are not in something is in giving. They give gifts or money because that is the thing to do, not because they want to do it.

There are people in the church who believe in God because it is the thing to do or just to escape punishment of hell. They do not serve God because of a love for God and for what He has done for them. They are not approaching God with a sincere heart.

If you have a sincere heart for God, you will approach Him with a great love for Him. You will have a great respect for who He is. You will not just be seeking to get something from Him, but to offer yourself to Him.

You will also know that Jesus has made the way for you to go to God. It was not something you did or earned.

How are you going before God today? Do you have a sincere heart?

I pray today that you will know the cleansing Jesus has given you; that you will know you can approach God; that you will have a sincere heart before God; and that you will know God in a new, better way.