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RETURN

Zechariah 1:3 “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.’”

 COME HOME

 Don’t you just love to go home? There is just something that feels good about going home to your loved ones.  When I travel I look forward to arriving at my home and seeing my wife. When my kids were little they would welcome me with hugs and kisses.  It feels good to be welcomed home.

Here in Zechariah 1:3 the Lord is telling Zechariah to tell the people to come home.  Specifically, He says, “Return to Me.”  Can you picture that?  God is calling them home.  He is calling us home today.  When we stray from home, He says, “Return to Me.”

TEACHING MOMENT

 How many times have you opened the door and yelled to your kids, “Time to come home”?  The next time you have to do that, share this verse with them. Talk about how the Lord desired His children to come back home to Him just like you want your children to come home to you.

Of course, coming home to you is an actual physical act where returning to the Lord is more spiritual.  It can involve the physical too, but it is more about your children repenting and returning to the Lord in their heart. Make sure Johnny and Susie understand that.  They need to understand what it means to come back home to the Lord.

How about you?  Have you wandered away spiritually?  Are you far from home?  Do you hear the Lord say, “Return to Me”?  If you will stop and listen, you will hear Him.  He won’t force you, but He is waiting.  Go to Him.  He is waiting with open arms.

O God, I know You desire for me to dwell with You at all times.  Help me stay close.  When I begin to wander, call me home.

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