Jeremiah 24:6-7 I will watch over and care for them, and I will bring them back here again. I will build them up and not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them hearts that recognize me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.
There are times when we bore come distant from God. It’s not that God doesn’t love us but sometimes our choices take us places God never intended for us to go. We enter into our own personal exiles because we choose to disobey the will of God. The good news is that God can bring you back.
The people of Judah had forgotten their first love and started worshipping idol gods. As a result God allowed the Babylonians to carry them off in exile. Sometimes God allows negative intrusions to get us back to him. God told Jeremiah that there was still some good left in Judah and he would bring them back.
No matter what we did to cause distance between us and God there is the possibility of coming back to where we belong. We can come back home to worship. We can come back in relationships to loved ones. We can come back to a team that we walked away from. We can come back to God.
This is God’s Promise to us if we come back:
1. I will watch over and care for them. Sometimes when we are in a season of exile it feels like God doesn’t care about us anymore. The truth of the matter is that God is waiting for us to realize who really cared about us in the first place! Nobody cares for us like God does. We can’t put our trust in people or things. God Cares!
2. I will bring them back here again. In this place of exile you haven’t had what you used to have. You’ve been stuck between not enough and just enough. God is bringing you back to more than enough. Jesus came to give you life more abundantly but you must come back to him.
3. I will build them up and not tear them down. You were torn down in exile. God had to break us all the way down so that he could build us back up again. God is rebuilding you on a solid foundation.
4. I will plant them and not uproot them. When you were in exile you didn’t have a permanent place. In this next season God will put you in a place where you will stay and flourish.
5. I will give them hearts that recognize me as Lord. In exile our hearts were heart and God had to break them. When he brings you back God will give you a heart that wants to know more about God. Your heart will now want the things of God.
It’s time to come back where you belong. Come back to church. Come back to bible study. Come back to ministry. Come back to your family. Come back to God!
Thank you for letting me come back home to where I belong. You are an awesome God. I’m sorry I left you because I realize now that you never left me. I’m coming back wholeheartedly today!
In Jesus Name,