Come Back

 “You have not returned to Me,” says the Lord.  – Amos 4:6

The Old Testament book of Amos has given us some memorable phrases: “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (3:3). “Pre-pare to meet your God” (4:12). “Let justice run down like water” (5:24).

But the most-repeated phrase in Amos occurs five times in chapter 4. Time after time the Lord speaks of all He has done to discipline His wayward, self-indulgent people and draw them back to Himself. In every case the response is the same: “‘You have not returned to Me,’ says the Lord” (Amos 4:6,8-11).

As we read and marvel at their hardness of heart, we must also ask if the same could be true of us. If we have sensed that the Lord has been trying to get our attention, how have we responded to Him?

The prophecy of Amos contains warnings of judgment, captivity, and destruction. Yet there are calls for repentance and promises of restoration: “Seek good and not evil, that you may live; so the Lord God of hosts will be with you” (5:14).

The book of Amos has many memorable phrases, but we should never forget God’s invitation to all who have wandered away from Him: Return to Me.

If you haven’t returned, do it now.

David McCasland

I’ve strayed, O Lord, and turned aside,
I’ve disobeyed Your voice;
But now with contrite heart I turn
And make Your will my choice.

D. De Haan

True repentance turns from the wrong and returns to the right.

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