SCRIPTURE FROM: 2 Chronicles 30:9 (ERV)
TEXT: …. The Lord your God is kind and merciful. He will not turn away from you if you come back to him.
OBSERVATION: King Hezekiah had done an awesome job in restoring the temple, getting the priests back to the temple to prepare themselves before God, and then inviting the people to join him for the Passover. Just like today, when someone has drifted away from the Lord, there is great hesitance in returning to Him, because they are so afraid that God would not accept them back. Hezekiah assured his people in much the same way that I can assure you today, that if you return to God, He is kind and merciful, and will return to you!
APPLICATION: I believe it is important for us to think about what brings separation between God and man in the first place. Our first tendency is to believe that God gave up on us. But friends I believe you can look at the Scripture inside and out, and you will never see where God walked out on any of His children. In this case of King Hezekiah, he came to the throne after years of seeing his people worship idols and perform all sorts of public sin against God. However Hezekiah was determined in his heart to worship the God of this universe, and he wanted to see his earthly kingdom do the same. In our world today, we don’t see things quite as clear cut as I just explained, but we often come across folk who would admit that many years ago I attended that church, or I taught Sunday School, or I was a deacon in my church, BUT…….. Then you might hear 1001 excuses why they stopped coming to church. I can assure you that none of the excuses have anything to do with God walking away from them. I heard someone say at one time that such a person allowed the gossiping woman at church to get nearer to God than them, since they are the ones who drifted away from God! So let’s cover this idea of abstaining from church attendance, being the equivalent of drifting away from God. Based on the excuses I hear, let me say that I know you can worship God in your back yard, or out in the middle of the lake with a rod active in the water, or in your hunting stand with your rifle cocked, but do you really think that happens often? Furthermore, what do you respond to God when you read in His word about not forsaking the getting together with other believers to worship Him? If I might be totally honest with you, I believe that God does everything possible to encourage His children to get along with others and to worship their Father together. On the other hand, I believe that Satan does just the opposite. Nothing he loves more than to see Christians fighting and separating from the church of Jesus Christ. So to all my readers who may read this particular blog today, and who might be struggling with church attendance, or getting along with other believers, let me use the same words of Hezekiah in saying to you, come back home dear one. I truly believe that if you come back to Jesus and allow Him to guide your steps, your heart, your tongue, and your daily walk, He will come back to you in a very powerful way. He loved you enough to die for you, please allow Him to show that same kind of love in helping you to draw closer to Him, and to His children.
PRAYER: Lord there are so many that drift away from You for very trivial reasons, although some have been hurt by others who should know better. Our relationship with You is far more important than any of the stones that can be thrown at us by other struggling saints, so please work on each of us today dear Lord. To the saints in relationship with You, that we may seek the mind of Christ and live like He did. This will draw mankind unto You and in Christian love with one another. To those that feel hurt and have allowed that hurt to separate them from You, please call them back home to You dear Lord. May they reunite with You and allow Your love to cleanse their hearts so that they may love their fellow man. I ask these things in faith, believing in the awesome love of my Lord and Savior, AMEN!
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