Return

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.  Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.  Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.  But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Malachi 3:6-7

We looked at the truth that God does not change yesterday.  When we put it in context and couple verse six with verse seven, we get an even more comforting truth.  God does not change and He tells His rebellious people that, although they had “gone away from His ordinances, and had not kept them,” He was still extending His mercy and His grace to them.

He still calls them to “Return unto me…”  Despite the fact that they had “despised His name” and “gone away from His ordinances,” and had caused others to stumble, He still promised to return to them if they would turn to Him.  Of course, they would reject His outstretched hand, but the offer was still there.  God offered them mercy.  God made the way to mercy plain for them.  He had not changed.  He was the same merciful God Who had helped them in the wilderness.  He was the same merciful God Who had led them out of the land of Egypt.  He was the same merciful God Who had fought their battles and led them into the Promised Land.  He was the same merciful God Who had continually forgiven and restored them after their rejection of Him and their rebellion time after time.  He had not changed.

What had changed was the fact that these people absolutely refused to submit and return to Him.  They refused His offer.  They had changed.

That should encourage us.  We are going to fail from time to time.  We are going to have problems.  But God is faithful to return to us if we will return to Him.  Never let us fall into the trap of thinking that we are beyond the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben! A friend of mine recently reminded me that as men we are constantly slipping off the altar we first presented ourselves on. The hope is not to never slip. it is to get back to the altar when we have slipped! Eventually He will bring us victory if we don;t give up.

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    • I am reminded of the verse in Proverbs that says that a just man falls seven times, but riesth up again. If we do fall, we need to get back up. If we do slip off the altar, we need to get back on. And I am encouraged that He will give us the victory.

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  2. Oh I like the comfort in this, Ben . . .thank you! And thanks Pastor J, for that comment too! God bless you and remind you often that He is here for you!

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  3. Thanks Ben

    It’s comforting to me to know that He does not change …. even when I wander miles and miles away from Him. How wonderful is the love He shows towards us!

    Pastor J, jumping off the altar used to be my specialty… now I am learning how to remain still and let Him work His work in me 🙂

    Blessings,
    ann

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