You are loved, you are forgiven. God is not upset with you. He is not disappointed in you. He just wants you home. Just come back to Him. He does not care where you’ve been or what you’ve done, He wants a relationship with you. He doesn’t want any more wasted days wandering in the wilderness. He does not want you to spend one more moment feeding from the dung hills of life. He just wants you home. He just wants you home.
Many people have tried to tell you that you need to live in righteousness and holiness for Him to dwell with you. That is true. But very often they forget to tell you that He also just wants a willing heart. The righteousness and holiness is work that His spirit will do on you as you continue to surrender your will. When you return home and dwell in His house, the Holy Spirit will begin the work in you.
Come back home. God is not disappointed in you. He only wants you home. Come back home. Come back home. Come back home.
At church today, the worship leader spoke about the passage in Matthew 14:22-33, where Jesus walked on water and asked Peter to walk towards Him.
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
We all know the story, Jesus is walking on water towards His disciples, they wonder if it’s truly Jesus, He tells them that it is He, and Peter asks to walk on water. Jesus asks Him to walk, Peter takes a few steps, then fear takes over and Peter begins to sink.
But have you ever noticed that the bible says that Jesus reaches out to Peter IMMEDIATELY He notices that Peter is sinking?
Do not be afraid for your life. You won’t fall on the wayside. Jesus won’t abandon you. He’ll never leave you neither will He forsake you. He loves you with an everlasting love. He will bring all your dreams to pass. He only wants you under His wings. He wants you to rest in Him and once you begin to fail, He will reach out to catch you.
He will hold you up so that you do not cast your foot against a stone. He will take away those who are waiting for you to fail so that they can laugh at you. He will wipe your tears away. He is ever sure and ever faithful. He will bring all the promises that He has made to you to pass. He will keep His word. He cannot fail and that’s not because He’s trying so hard to not fail, it’s because it is not in his nature to fail.
If you’ve been wandering, please come home. We miss you. Jesus misses you. He wants you back. He wants you home. He wants to love on you and pamper you and make you one of His gallant soldiers. True, some of this requires walking through the fire but He will be there with you. He will never give you more than you can bear. He wants your heavy baggage from years of sin in exchange of His light weight.
Come home. Jesus is not disappointed in you. Jesus only wants to wrap His arms around you. Jesus wants to love you, to forgive and forget your past and make you a new person.
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