Monday, January 9, 2012

"He Will Not Turn You Away"

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37

I feel that this morning's devotional is more of a personal word to someone. Perhaps you have "messed up"- you have missed the mark, you have disobeyed, you have turned from the Lord and now you are sorry and repentant but feel too guilty to come to Him, or you feel that if you do go to Him He will turn His back on you and reject you.

"And him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out". These are the words of Jesus and His words are truth. He is not going to turn His back on you. He is not going to turn you away-- no matter what you have done. Remember the story of the prodigal son. It is a picture of the great love and forgiveness of a father toward his rebellious, wayward child. But it is not just a story about any father, it is a picture of the Heavenly Father- a Father who will not turn His repent child away, but instead will embrace him.

Your Heavenly Father longs to embrace you and wash the pain, shame and guilt of what you have done away. He wants to restore you and set you back in right relationship with Himself. The father in the story did not turn his son away, even with the stench of the pigpen on him, but restored him to his rightful place as an heir.

Why would you think that once you turn to Him He would turn you away? That was the whole reason why Jesus came to earth and died on the cross. He died for that very reason- to restore, save, bring the lost and wayward to the Father. If He were going to turn you away, then what He did at the cross made no sense and was for nothing. This morning He stands with outstretched arms waiting for you to come. Don't let the devil, or your own mind, convince you that you can't. Jesus died so you could and He wouldn't have gone through the suffering of the cross if He didn't want you to, or if He was going to close the door on you when you did.

Have a great day. His will is that you come, so He won't turn you away when you do.

For further reading:
Luke 15:11-24
Isaiah 1:18
2 Peter 3:9

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