The Lord tells His people throughout the Bible, albeit strongly, to return to Him. They have strayed. They have wandered. They have disobeyed. They have rebelled. In one way or another, to one degree or another, they have turned away from Him. They need to turn back. To God almighty. And so, friend, do we who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord need to sometimes return. To the Lord Jesus Christ. To God and His ways. To His will and plans for our lives. To His purpose for His glory. When we have turned away whether in a small way or a mammoth way or somewhere in between, we need to come back. With godly sorrow for any wrongdoing and a fresh resolve to humbly and faithfully follow Him.
“Return to me,” the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart one day. I had been falling back into some of my old ways. I needed to come back. The Lord in His love and mercy didn’t want His servant and child wandering away. He wanted, and wants, me where I belong. Abiding in Him. Walking in His ways. Near to Him and Him near to me. I hadn’t noticed my falling back. But He in His faithfulness showed me and gently, tenderly, yet firmly, led me to return.
The Lord may call us to return by speaking to our hearts by His Holy Spirit, directly through the Bible, through a pastor, through Christian friends, through a devotional book, through a Christian counselor, and/or in any way He desires. The response should always be the same.
He calls us to return. We must return. To our beloved Father. To our precious Savior. To the Lord. To His will and His ways. For the glory of Christ, AMEN!
Is the Lord calling you, friend? In any or all areas of your life, is He impressing upon your heart through this message that you need to return to Him and to His will for your life?
These words from the Lord are from long ago. Are they also for you now?
“Yet from the days of your fathers You have gone away from My ordinances And have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the LORD of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’” Malachi 3:7