Turning Back To God


When we decide to return to the Lord, he will restore us. We might think that God will not show mercy, because we think we are too far gone or that God only judges.  The truth is that God will change our hearts to help us love him with all our hearts and souls…

1 “In the future, when you experience all these blessings and curses I have listed for you, and when you are living among the nations to which the Lord your God has exiled you, take to heart all these instructions. 2 If at that time you and your children return to the Lord your God, and if you obey with all your heart and all your soul all the commands I have given you today, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes. He will have mercy on you and gather you back from all the nations where he has scattered you.

6 “The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!

11 “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. 12 It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ 13 It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ 14 No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.
Deuteronomy 30:1-3, 6, 11-14

There is mercy waiting for us when we decide to leave our own ways and our own means and return to the God who has plans for us and who showed us how to live according to the example of the Lord Jesus.  For some of us, like Israel, our last interaction with God may have been him disciplining us for following him with our lips, yet still wandering in our hearts and in our ways.

Because of this memory, we might think that God will not take us back.  We might think that God will not show mercy, but rather that he will be waiting in judgement to curse us more for walking away.

Not so.

God will change our hearts to help us love him with all our hearts and souls. He will reward our turn toward him (repentance) with desire to pursue him more.

Have you walked away from the God of your youth?  Have you wandered astray in these last days?  If so, what are you waiting for?  Why haven’t you returned yet?  Will you consider the offer of restoration which God has before you?

It’s too hard.  I’m too far gone.  It’s not worth it.  I can’t stay consistent.

Look at what God tells his people in verse 11-14: this is not too difficult.  It is not beyond our reach.  This is close at hand.  The commitment is on our lips and in our hearts.  Obey it.  Listen to God and take action toward him.  Turn back toward God.

His mercy and restoration await.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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