Far From Home - Monday, July 23rd 2018
"Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up."
Have you ever been lost? Maybe it was during a hike with friends or as a child, you were lost in a grocery store. With any scenario, being lost causes us to become fearful. Yet, imagine if you were lost but you didn't care. After hours of hiking and without notice, you find that you are surrounded by an unknown wilderness with no provisions. To most people, we would see that as foolishness, and yet there are many people all over the world who are lost but do not realize it.
In Hosea 6, God gives us a glimpse of the people of Israel after they realize that they have wandered away from God. In their statement they say, "Let us return." These three words indicate that they have realized the reality of their situation that they were lost and needed to return home. This is always the first step in our relationship with God. We must first realize we are lost and in need of a Savior. When we are honest with God, admit our sin and trust in Jesus' payment for our sin, we go from lost to found. Once we are born again, we are no longer wandering aimlessly in the darkness, but we are guided by the very hand of God. While we may enjoy an adventure in the wilderness, there is nothing like the rest, peace and joy we find at home. Come home my friend. God is waiting.
Life Lesson: Repentance starts when we realize how lost we really are.
I believe You died for me so that I could be forgiven. I believe You were raised from the dead so that I can have new life. I've done wrong things and I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Give me Your power to follow You. In Jesus' name, amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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