The Lord’s appeals to His people to “return” to Him testify to the certainty of our wandering. Before the Fall there was no need for Him to issue such a call to Adam and Eve. Sin brought about the awful separation, and we came back only by divine intervention. Only God’s grace can bring our heartbeat back into sync with His own.
“Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake” (Psalm 6:4). “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7). “For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not” (Isaiah 30:15). “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee” (Isaiah 44:22). “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). “And they worshipped him [Jesus], and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Luke 24:52).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: Let him return unto the Lord,
and He will have mercy.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (September 21 reading).]