Returning to God
God was angry with the Israelites because they had chosen to worship idols rather than God, God had warned them to stop and turn back to Him but Israel declined so He decided to punish them.
Describe what discipline God decided on?
He scattered them among the nations.
Does God give them instruction on how to return to Him? Yes – Verse 29
Sometimes in difficult moments we may struggle with our faith, some people may lose their faith altogether. Some may think that God has deserted them and others will turn away from God for a short period of time.
At times when faith seems hard it is quite often when we are doing our own thing, sometimes sinful things are maybe just not spending time with God or in His word.
Sometimes we can drift away with out even realizing what has happened. This can be the most dangerous time as we can get caught up in the things we drift into and find ourselves a long way from where God wants us to be.
What does God promise us in this passage?
He promises that even when there are times that we turn away from God we still have the opportunity to turn back and He will restore us and have compassion.
If we turn back to God in repentance He will be there waiting for us.
What does this tell us about Gods Character?
That He is long suffering, patient, loving. That He desires our obedience.
How does God want us to return to Him in these times?
All your heart and all your soul
What is Gods attitude toward people who sin?
He waits patiently and shows kindness as He waits.
What leads us to repentance?
1 John 1:9
Can we say there is no sin in us?
No – for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
If we confess our sins and turn back to God what is His promise?
He is faithful and just and will forgive us.
How does that make you feel?
It is a wonderful thing to know that even when we drift away God is waiting for us to return, not so He can punish us for our disobedience but so that he can forgive us and welcome us back.
You can never wander too far from God even if you think there is something that God cannot forgive you for. He won’t take away the consequences of our sin but He will restore the relationship with Him.
God wants to use each one of us to reach other people but He won’t do that if we are not willing and allowing Him to work in and through us because we are drifting aimlessly. Take hold of what He has given you and be prepared to say “Yes God use me”