Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
The history of Israel is not a record of increasing obedience. It is a long sad story of recurring departure from God. Sadly, I believe this nation has followed in the same like manner .
Return is the key term in the Hebrew prophets for repentance, renewal, and restoration, Isaiah 55:11, Jeremiah 4:1, Zechariah 1:3.
Throughout Scripture, and today, God’s people had and have a bad habit of falling into bad habits. God spoke through Malachi to remind His children that they had done what they had always done and drifted from Him by failing to keep up their end of the old covenant.
Today I believe, God’s children have drifted away and are doing as they please and failing to be obedient to His Words. Just as our ancestors, we are robbing God by following old habits.
Fortunately, God has His own habits and they are good. When His children (you and I) stray, He may choose to discipline, or He may remain patient and longsuffering awaiting the moment when we will come to our senses and once again draw near to Him. Thankfully, He promises to meet that return with His goodness, mercy and grace.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Our own lack of positive and faithful growth is often disheartening. We can thank God that His unchanging character is the unending source of our being made new and more like Christ and that’s a habit of which we don’t have to be ashamed.
If you are reading this, and you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior; You can accept Him into your heart and be forgiven for your bad habits(sins) by praying the prayer blow, with a sincere heart:
Lord, I acknowledge that I have sinned against You. I now ask You to forgive me of my actions. I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins, and rose again on the third day, so that I could have eternal life. I now invite Jesus to come into my heart, and guide my life from this day forward. I thank You, Jesus for saving me.