Thought for the week
RELATIONSHIP counsellors often hear the expression ‘not compatible’. People’s attitudes and ways can be so different they feel they have nothing in common. And one of them walks out or tells the other to leave. Once that has happened not many people try to make it up. Transfer that thought to our relationship with God. It’s been a long time since western society (by and large) told God to leave. Our attitudes to ethics were incompatible. Our attitude to him made cooperation impossible. It has given a feeling of being free from his ethical constraints. Equally, we have forfeited his commitment to care for us. The last thing we expect is to hear him say, ‘Return to me, and I will return to you.’ It was the Prophet Malachi who penned these words, probably around 400 BC. He was writing to people who had turned their back on God, reminding them they could no longer expect his protection. ‘Where was God when …?’ was not a valid complaint. Nevertheless God was saying to them, ‘Return to me, and I will return to you.’ It is a word for today. And there lies our hope when we face extraordinary challenges. It’s true for the individual; it’s true for society. In human relationships returning involves contacting the other person, listening to what they say, perhaps changing our ways. It involves taking time and being willing to do whatever is necessary. It’s the same with God. So let’s read his Bible, listening, and following his ways. Through Christ Jesus he has opened his door for us.
If we return to God, he will return to us. Then we will be compatible, and know his care, guidance and support.