Come, let us return to the Lord (Hosea 6:1).
God’s Word calls for our immediate response. Many years ago, a teenager said to me, “I’ll think about all this stuff about God when I’m thirty or forty years old.” That youngster is now seventy years old (if he’s still living!). I wonder if he ever gives any thought to God now. That lad had a younger brother. I remember the younger of the two brothers, sitting with me in an evening service. It seemed to me that therre was a particularly powerful sense of the presence of the Lord. I felt that the Lord was really speaking to us in power. I wondered, “How could anyone not return to the Lord, after hearing preaching like that?” The opportunity to return to the Lord was there.The young teenage boy seemed to have missed it. The service was over, and that was that. Years later, I met that lad at a funeral. It was the funeral of the father of another young lad, who was with us in church that evening, all those years ago. We spoke for a little while, after the service was over. Sometimes, I have thought about these two young lads who were with me in church that evening . Have they returned to the Lord? Will they ever return to the Lord? They’re both in their late sixties now (again, if they’re still living!). The opportunity to return to the Lord may never have come to them so powerfully again. God’s Word calls for our immediate response.