Saturday, June 29 

Return to Me

Scripture: Amos 4-6, Psalm 86, Titus 1

Amos 4:6, 8, 9, 10, 11 “Yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the Lord.

Observation

Five times in six verses the Lord repeats this refrain, “Yet you have not returned to me.”  Each time, He describes a hardship that has befallen Israel due to their rebellion toward Him.  But the hardships do not get their attention or awaken them spiritually to their need for God.  Instead, they continue stubbornly in their rebellion, blind to what’s going on around them and oblivious to what God is saying.  

Application

Two things:

First, God will use what is happening in our lives to get our attention, so PAY ATTENTION!  (I’m screaming this at myself!)  This is one of the themes I’m working on in my life: be attentive.  Be in the moment.  Be attentive to God and what He is doing and saying.  Be attentive to the people you are with.  God was using the circumstances of their lives to get their attention, but they were oblivious.  No one was asking, “What is God saying to us?”  I don’t want to be that person.  Pay attention!

Second, God desired relationship with them and desires it with us.  “Yet you have not returned to Me.”  It’s plaintive.  You can hear God’s heart.  “I want you to return to Me.  I want a relationship with You…yet you refuse Me.”  

I just finished Walter Isaacson’s excellent biography on Einstein.  Einstein did not believe in a personal God who interacts with people.  Einstein’s God would never lament that people were far from Him, not coming to Him.  While I have huge respect for Einstein, I love the God of the Bible, who loves us and longs for us to know Him.  

“Return to Me.”

Prayer: Lord, help me be attentive today to all You do and say, and to keep returning to You—to know You and to love You.