Now this is what the Lord says to the family of Israel: “Come back to me and live!” – Amos 5:4
The shepherd turned prophet declared to the people of God a message of hope and a call to repentance. The message of God to his people was simple: return to him and live! The message was not difficult in its structure, delivery, or intent. The people turned to other gods, idols, for help and salvation rather than the one, true, living God. They would later pay a great price for their rebellion, but God offered a way of escape to his people prior to any judgment being unleashed on them.
Have you ever been at a low point in your life? Ever experience what seems like a great chasm between you and God? Have you ever strayed away from God and lived the life of a prodigal? Well, there is good news! The Father stands at the door and waits for you to open the door of your heart to him. The prodigal son was the son of the father in the story when he lived at the house and even when he went out on his own. Years later when he returned after straying away from his father, the prodigal son was still the father’s son. He never stopped being the father’s son. In fact the father was so elated when he saw his “once dead” son coming home that he ran out to meet him and hug him and kiss him and give him the best of all the father had. Well, God tells the one needing to hear this word, Come back to me and live! We all go through a point where our relationship with God seems strained, constrained, and possibly restrained. However, the beauty is this – we can come back home to our Father and live! There is no need to die spiritually when God has made a way for us to come back to him and live with him forever!
Father, it’s so refreshing to know that even when I seem to hit my lowest point that I can still look up and know that you’re there to love me and care for me. I hear you telling me to rethink what I’ve been doing lately and to reconsider the road I’ve been traveling. Your word says that there is a way that seems right to a man but leads to destruction. I know that I cannot have one foot in the world and one foot in your kingdom because no one can serve to masters. Why? Because I will love one and hate the other. Well, I love you and don’t want to serve any other. LORD, give me a hunger and thirst for you that is so great that I can never fully be satisfied with what has been. Yesterday’s manna will rot and become infested with maggots. Thus, teach me to eat from your table daily and enjoy the true manna in Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.