Returning to the Lord!

Hosea chapter six personates the return of a backsliding people to their longsuffering God. Whether this occurred among the people of Israel it is not said. From it we can see several things that are common to the repentant.
First we see that departing from the living God has consequences: “He has torn us, He has stricken us”, Hos. 6:1. The child of God is not left without chastisement and fatherly correction.
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.” Heb. 3:12.
Many turn away from God because they never really believed in Him in the first place. Most of us depart because we tire of the paths of righteousness and yield to the old sinful nature and habits. The longer time we spend in this state the harder it is to return. Thank God, He does not leave us to our own devices and ends but seeks us out, calling on us to return.
The second point to make is that it is possible to return at all. God would be perfectly just in slamming the door behind us. Instead the door at least in our lifetime is open and every encouragement is given for the backslider to return.
Even in this passage which painfully acknowledges the painful chastisement of the Lord, the healing and binding which follows repentance is abundantly clear. The mercy of God is such that it is comparable to a resurrection on the third day. It is a return to abundant life with the past forgotten and the renewal of holiness in God’s sight.
Thirdly, this blessing is received by repentance and maintained by a continual seeking after the Lord. We must seek knowledge of Him and relationship with Him, and to pursue it wholeheartedly.
It carries with it the promise of vigorous growth and blessing like the seasonal rain which Israel received year by year.
If you have departed in some way from God, “Return” and call on others to seek the Lord.

 

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The Question for today is not “Are you being served,” but “Are you being Saved.”

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even
look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have
mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than
the other, went home justified before God.” Luke 18:13-14

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Intelligent Design

Many Christians see the acceptance of this idea among scientists as an indication that they are beginning to see God’s creating hand in the wonders of creation. That this is an important step is true, but the mere believing in creator  does not necessarily lead to acceptance of the God of the Bible.
To the open eye the splendors and varieties of creation instill the idea that it is not here by accident or happenstance. That the watch infers the watchmaker is a reasonable assumption.
The Word of God tells us that it is God in the revelation of Christ through the word which gives the only true and saving knowledge of himself. It is here that the scientist and everyone else must come to truly find God in and through His son Jesus Christ.

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Returning to the Lord!

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