Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Isaiah 46:3-4 -- On Returning to God

"Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you."
Isaiah 46:3-4

We are dependent upon God. I think that we so often mentally struggle with that concept... wanting to be super independent, thinking we can go it alone, or do fine making the choices that WE want to make, etc. And it is only in looking back that we realize how, even then, when we weren't listening to God, that he was still helping us out, trying to keep us going and in a position to be able to be saved from our often abysmally bad choices. It's kind of like many Earthly parents.  They let us have our little rebellions when we threaten to run away, and they wait and still help us out when we utterly fail and come back for a sandwich. :)

Of course, with God it is all on a grander scale, but running away accomplishes just about as much. We need God... and all those things that we want when we run away... things like freedom, happiness, peace... those are things that we can only get in any real quantities through God. Today, let's stop running away. Let's tell God what we really want, the reasons that we were looking elsewhere, and work it out with him. He wants so, so much for us to be happy, and he'll help us to get there. We can't always have the exact things, jobs, people, places, riches, or internet speeds that we want, but whatever God offers will lead us to greater peace, happiness, *and* freedom. It doesn't matter how long we've been gone. If we come home and ask for a sandwich, God will give us one. :)

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