There 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
People like it when a loved one returns from being gone for an extended period of time. They do not like to be separated for any reason. It is because of their love that there is a desire that the one will return.
The separation hurts worse when the reason for separation is by choice made out of selfishness or anger. It is being separate on purpose to go a different direction, rather than by forces out of either person’s control.
God was upset with the people of Israel and was calling them back to return to Him. They had chosen to walk away from Him and follow false gods. God was willing to return back to them when they were willing to return to Him.
There have been many believers who have turned their backs upon God and walked away. Others have not fully turned their backs on God, but refuse to live for Him. They have chosen to live in sinful ways and following the ways of the world, while claiming to believe in God.
This can be seen in the lives of individuals as well as in the lives of churches. Many of both have chosen to walk away from God and follow the world’s ways of acting and thinking.
As people choose to live in sin, God must step back from them. He still loves them, but can no longer be with them, because they have walked away. God longs for those to return to Him, turning away from sin. God is quick to forgive and extend mercy and grace when one is willing to reach out to Him.
God desires that your walk will always be with Him. He loves you with an undying, perfect love and only wants what is best for you.
You may have become like the Israelites and allowed the things and ways of this world to get between you and God. If this is the case, God will be waiting for you to return to Him.
Allow God to lead your life in every area and see how great life can be. Jesus came to give you abundant life, not just a list of things to do and not do. God is waiting for you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life completely for God; that you will return to God if you have walked away; and that you will know the life God has for you.
But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6
When a person eats at a great restaurant, he will usually return to it because it was so good. When a person goes to some place of entertainment and really enjoys it because it is so good, he will most likely return again some day.
People love to go back to places that they enjoy. They want to experience that fun or joy again and again. If they had a bad experience the first time, they would not return to it.
Businesses run on the expectation that people will have a good experience and will return. If they don’t return, then the business will go out of business.
Hosea tells the people that they must return to God. They are to wait upon God at all times for everything.
Over the centuries there have been many nations that, as a whole, had served God for a time. The people had a strong belief in God and served God. Many of those same nations, including America, have walked away from God.
They have chosen to follow the was of dark spiritual forces, living in and promoting sin. They have chosen to reject God.
Living in such as a way as to reject God, will bring about a downfall and destruction. The ultimate destruction will be when Jesus returns and does not find hearts following Him and they will be cast into hell for eternal destruction.
Every person who had followed God at one point, must return to God. Individuals must return to God, so that nations will be turned towards God.
Jesus is the only way to life. The ways of this world will only lead to death. Believers must pass the message on that the world needs Jesus.
If you have chosen to walk away from God, you must return to God to really live. Living in sin is only bringing about a death. You will not find the true enjoyment in sin that you will find in God. Remember the joy you had with God.
Just as people return to a good business, return to God. He is the ultimate good that can be found. None can be found better than God. God is a God of love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness.
Return to God and know how good He is.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin towards God; and that you will seek a life with God.
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.