I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you. Isaiah 44:22
When a person purchases something, he expects to get it. The object purchased is expected to become his property and he is allowed to have it and do with it as he pleases.
Loans are often received with some object put up as collateral to ensure that the person will pay back the loan. As soon as he has made the last payment, the object that was put up for collateral is expected to be returned to him. It becomes his property again, because the full payment was made.
God is telling the people of Israel that He has paid the price for their sins and wiped them out. He had purchased their lives and now belonged to Him. Since they belonged to Him, they were to return to Him.
At the moment Jesus died upon the cross, He had paid the price for sin for every person, for all time. He bought back the people for God’s use.
Every person who has chosen to follow Jesus, has realized that he was redeemed, bought back. However, some have chosen to walk away from God in order to live in sin. They turned their backs on the redemption that Jesus had provided. Some of these fool themselves into thinking that they are following God, because they go to church, but in reality are living in sin, following the world and the devil.
God is telling these people to return to Him. Regardless of what sin a person does, God is right there willing to forgive and forget and move on. He wants every person for Himself. Because of what Jesus did, God owns the rights to every person.
If at some point in your life you have chosen to accept what Jesus did for you, you are redeemed. You were bought back at a price, the price of life. God owns you now.
Do not allow yourself to go back to the old life of sin and death. Don’t choose to give yourself back to the devil and reject the redemption Jesus has purchased for you.
If you have slipped back into a old sinful past way of living, turn around, reject sin and return to God. God is waiting for you with open arms, because you belong to Him, He has purchased your life.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will know you are redeemed by God; that you will know you belong to God; and that you will live your life for God.
Return, you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted against. Isaiah 31:6
The greatest thing that most people like to follow is self or other people. They believe that man is the greatest thing there is and is in complete control of everything.
With following self or other men, rejection of God occurs on a regular basis world wide. Many will never choose God in the first place. Other gods or no god will be chosen by many. People want to live the way they want to live and not be guided by God.
Living in this way is seen because of sin in the lives and heart’s of men. They are blinded to the real truth. Others live this way, because they have never been shown the truth.
In today’s passage, there is a call to the Israelites to return to God. They had chosen to reject God and rely upon others.
While the majority of the world is blind, there are many who chosen to follow God, yet have still rejected Him after choosing to follow Him. There are many believers who have chosen to purposely live in a sinful lifestyle, rejecting God. They have chosen to follow the ways of man, rather than those of God.
All this occurs while claiming to believe in God. This is a sign that the people have turned away from God and rejected Him, just as the Israelites had done. They claimed to still be God’s people, but in the same breath rejected Him following others.
Every believer needs to make the choice in his heart to only follow God. They are to turn away from sin and run after God. Instead of rejecting and fighting against God, they are to live for Him, following His rules and ways of living.
Every day you are alive on this earth, you will have a choice to make. It will be the choice of who you will follow. The world will tell you to follow others and your own heart, that you can be who want to be and live like you want to live.
Living this way is living in revolt against God. It is rejecting God and His plan for your life.
Choose in your heart to live for God every day. Live in a way that is pleasing to God. He has the best plan for your life, do not reject it. As long as you have breath, you have a chance to return to God and live for Him.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God every day; that you will not reject God’s plan for you; and that you will not revolt against God by choosing to follow self or others.