Return to Him

Joel 2:12-13 (ESV)

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.”

Can you not feel the emotion of our Lord in these two verses? How He longs for all of His children to return to Him, away from their wayward paths.

But the first step belongs to us. How bad do we want to return to God?

Most of us believers cannot even say that we are 100% committed to being His disciple. We remain lukewarm to His will and find ourselves resisting to let go of the things of this world that draw precedence over our lives. Instead of earnestly seeking deliverance of a particular “go-to” sin we have, we strive with God and try to hang on those things that bring us temporal pleasure, believing that there will always be a tomorrow to repent.

We know that God knows the sincerity of our hearts, and thus our appeals for purity as well. When we have been emboldened by sin for so many years, we’ve become quite comfortable to the lifestyle, and unless something earth shattering comes upon us, we will likely see no real need to change. We like the excitement and the gratification too much to willingly let go.

The problem remains that we have no concept of how God truly feels about sin and what effect sin has on our relationship with Him. It’s merely an abstract concept that has no immediate ramifications.

Until we become just as angry at the sin in our lives as God does, we will never desire to change.

You must let go of blaming others (and God) for the choices you have made, and own up to where you are at. If you really want to return to God, you must, in all humility recognize the errors of your way, repent, and promise to follow Him from this day forward. He will change you if you will allow Him to.

Are you ready to truly rend your heart to God?