Returning to God

Posted: June 14, 2008 in Jesus on Judgment
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Living with the End in View involves
Returning to God

And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit of power of Elijah, “to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,” and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. (Luke 1:16–17)

The angel Gabriel announced that John the Baptist’s message was to turn the hearts of the Hebrew people back to God. God patiently worked with the bickering Israelites as they marched through the wilderness toward Israel. They kept complaining about insufficient food and water on their way to the land of milk and honey. God kept taking care of them, proving His love daily with streams in the desert.

During the wilderness trek, Joshua and Caleb were the only two people who were convinced of God’s care. They believed they would enter the Promised Land. Among the thousands who left Egypt for Canaan, only two had turned their hearts back to God. The rest perished outside the land.

In our spiritual journey, God is testing us. Do we complain about what we miss instead of rejoice in what God gives? Do our struggles draw us away from God or to Him? Joshua and Caleb were convinced that God would keep His word about the land. Find a promise regarding your situation and trust God for it!

Living with the end in view includes strengthening family ties.

Steps of faith:
Seek the wisdom of wise counselors in your church for a problem.
Seek a promise in the Word regarding a personal difficulty to see God’s perspective on it.

–Steve Husting

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