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:
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.