Lent-Return: Joel 2:13

She Reads Truth’s Lenten Devotional, Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross focuses on returning to God today. As I read the Scripture verses, Joel 2:12-27 and Jeremiah 24:4-7, God’s amazing grace and depth of love and forgiveness flooded my heart with joy.

Joy because He always reaches out to me. Even when I sin, when I break fellowship, He is the one who extends grace, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness. He does not look for symbols of faith, like the tearing of clothes. He wants genuine repentance. A renewed relationship.

Tear your hearts, He says.

Return to the Lord your God

Who knows, He may turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him, so you can offer grain and wine to the LORD your God.

God, even when I sin, calls me to Him. He leaves a blessing for me so I can then offer Him a praise offering.

He deserves my praise. Praise for His love and forgiveness. Praise because He always sees me as His child.

I can return to Him because He paves the way. Look at all He gives to ensure I see Him and return to Him:

Jeremiah 24:6-7

I will keep My eyes on them for their good…

I will build them up and not demolish them;

I will plant them and not uproot them.

I will give them a heart to know Me; that I am Yahweh.

They will be My people, and

I will be their God

because they will return to Me with all their heart.

Thank you for joining me on my journey with God in uncharted water. Please let me know how He is working in your life.