“Return to me,” declares the LORD Almighty, “and I will return to you” Zechariah 1.3
The certainty in this verse is so reassuring. The promise is that God will return to us, not that he might if our repentance is sincere enough or if we return to him for a decent period of time before wandering off again. It is a straightforward and clear promise that he will be there for us.
The reason, of course, why God promises to be with us is that he never actually leaves. If you ever sense that there is a gap between you and God, it is likely to be you who has done the moving! You are returning to the one who has been there the whole time.
As you sit quietly, ask yourself this question: ‘Where is Jesus for me right now?’ Take a minute to ponder your reply. It’s worth remembering that there is no right or wrong answer. Jesus may reveal himself within you or beside you; you may sense his peace or be reminded of a Bible story. Wherever he is, enjoy the immediate sense of his presence and take it seriously. What is Jesus showing you by being where he is?
As you return to God, he is delighting in your presence with him just as much as you delight in his presence with you.
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