Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: “Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts” Zechariah 1:3
I remember the day that I heard God speak to me to start writing. I was sitting on the floor in my bedroom watching a revival in progress on the television and there was this overwhelming sensation to start seeking God on a new level that required me to put away many meaningless distractions in order to draw closer to Him. I began with just one devotional and then day after day and hour after hour, He began to just download topics to write about followed up with His Word for daily application, which so strategically caused me to study the Word more, not knowing how much I would need it right now. I chuckle now because God used the thing that I love to do; learn and study and drew me right into His presence day after day.
When I read this verse, I thought about that time. I would even spend hours in my office just reading and writing and allowing the Holy Spirit to just guide the process. Little by little, He was removing the “stuff” that I thought was once important and that created a deeper desire to continue to seek Him out, but I had to be in a place to hear Him. What about you? Do you hear Him? Do you feel the call to return? I sense Him nearer and nearer these days; so much so that I find myself just sitting with instrumental worship music yearning for Him to speak as I make myself available spiritually to hear. It has taken me a while to get to this point and when He feels far, I ask myself if I have placed anything in my life that is disrupting the flow of me being able to hear Him.
And as the voice of the Lord was speaking to His people through Zechariah in a time when the people of Israel had returned from Babylonian exile to Judah and Jerusalem, the message still holds true today: the call to repentance and to return to Him wholeheartedly. Repentance is a word that we use often but it must be more than just a word, but a lifestyle. I believe that God is calling us. He is calling us all to return; to repent, to seek Him for more understanding and wisdom, to experience the genuine love of a Father, to feel His correction as protection, to embrace His guidance with complete obedience and to let go of what may be corrupting our ability to recognize His divine presence.
Seek Him. Obey the Call. Complete Your Assignment