GOD IS WAITING

June 29, 2020

GOD IS WAITING


“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the LORD of hosts, “That I may return to you,” says the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 1:3)

One of the greatest truths in heaven or earth is that God is willing to come to us. In one of the last minor prophets of the Old Testament He speaks to His people through Zechariah reminding them once again that He is waiting.

THE CONDITION

God is gladly willing to return to us, but we must return to Him. The same invitation is repeated in the New Testament. “Draw near to Me,” Christ says through James, “and I will draw near to you.” It is a very, very simple equation.

What would drawing near look like? The waywardness of others in the past teaches us.

“Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Return now from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.'" But they did not listen or give heed to Me,” declares the Lord. (Zechariah 1:4)

LISTEN

God is speaking all the time through multiple means: creation, the Word of God, the inner voice of the Spirit (for believers), through others who know Him, through prayer. He has made Himself available to us.

But most people don’t get into a position to hear God. We selectively listen. We pay attention when it is something we want to hear, but we do not listen with an open heart for whatever God wants to say.

How could we say that we are interested in returning to God if we are not simply listening? We are not reading the Bible. Praying? Walking with other believers? Getting Biblical counsel? Putting ourselves under the teaching of God’s Word?

God is always speaking. He’s waiting for us to listen.

OBEYING

To “heed” means that we not only listen, but we respond to what God is saying. When He calls us to turn from a sin, we cooperate. When He gives us a command to obey, we aggressively respond. We gladly turn from “evil deeds and evil ways.” When He invites us to know Him more intimately, we step in.

If we listen, but do not obey, we gain nothing from the exchange. In fact, we put ourselves in the precarious position of not hearing at all. For why would God continue to speak if we are not responding? But if we obey, we will discover that God is limitless in who He is and what He has for us. And our greatest joy and life comes from the discovery of Him.

One of the great realities that we will experience in heaven is the realization that we could have experienced so much more of God on earth. As a nation, as a family, as an individual that God is calling, it’s time to return to God.

Father, we long for You. Thank You for making Yourself so available to us. You are not hiding. Thank You for inviting us to walk with You and know You. Give us the grace to understand where you are calling and the grace to listen and obey!

 

 

 





Also in Graceful Truth

THE MODEL OF PRAYER IN THE EARLY CHURCH
THE MODEL OF PRAYER IN THE EARLY CHURCH

September 17, 2021

The book of Acts is a model for us of how Christ followers and the church are to function. There is one abundantly clear element throughout the book. They prayed.

Continue Reading

THE LENGTHS OF OUR UNBELIEF
THE LENGTHS OF OUR UNBELIEF

September 16, 2021

There is a great value in simply believing. And out of that faith, bending the knee and acknowledging Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is a simple joy in accepting the risen Christ for who He said He is and proved to be. Not no need to lie and deceive and create a false narrative to tell others. Just the joy of knowing and following Him, who is Lord of heaven and earth.

Continue Reading

THE REACH OF THE CROSS
THE REACH OF THE CROSS

September 10, 2021

Never be shocked at the reach of Christ. His Spirit and His gospel extend to every single segment of society. He can save anyone—those whose sins are most apparent and those who seem to be religious who are just as lost.

Continue Reading