If like me you’re someone who for a long time turned away from God and decided to do things your way, you might wonder if God still loves you. You might not ever have known God and now wonder with the life you’ve led if He’ll take you in. God loves you. He is a loving Father who will take you in if you will go to Him. For those of us who rebelled, He is always ready to take us back if we will go to Him.
When you do that, He will work on you and in you to get you where you would have been had you not taken that wrong turn. He’ll get you where you were supposed to be and even take you further than you couldn’t have imagined because you thought it was too late or you were done for. He will in essence redeem the time.
I believe the book of Hosea shows God’s redeeming love in the most amazing way. In it God talks about His love for Israel, how much He loves Israel. I don’t think there’s anyone who can doubt God’s love for Israel, His chosen people. God talks about how Israel has turned away from Him and decided to do things their own way. How they were now basically prostituting themselves by worshiping other Gods. Many other things that they did are mentioned but at the end of it all, concerning Israel, God says:
“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards and will make the valley of Achor a door of hope.” Hosea 2 verses 14-15.
One of the ways God speaks to us is through His word, the Bible. The above words are God’s words to us, His children. Instead of punishment as we would expect, God wants to allure you into the wilderness and speak tenderly to you. The wilderness might feel like a bad place but it’s where God will take care of you, grow you and mold you into the woman He knows you can be.
I speak about the wilderness being a good place in this post if you’d like to find out more. The point I’m trying to show you is that God loves you so much that it doesn’t matter to Him what you did or didn’t do. He just wants you to come to Him and take refuge in Him and He will shower you with His redeeming love.
Let me use my own life as an example. I grew up as a so called Christian. I say “so called” because even though I considered myself one I didn’t really know who Jesus was and going to church was a once in a while kind of thing. My limited knowledge of God came from a mission school I went to for four years and from someone once talking to me about faith.
When I was at varsity I was born again but even then I don’t think I really knew what that meant because it wasn’t long before I rebelled against God because things weren’t going my way. I went from a young early twenty something year old who hadn’t done much to a heavily drinking, smoking, bad relationship entering kind of woman. When my life was in shambles and I had nowhere to go, I turned to God.
God took me back with open arms, no questions asked. Instead of judgment, I got unconditional love. Even after everything I did, when I was struggling with His love and questioning it, God assuaged my fears and doubts. He doesn’t have to but He does it anyway because of His love that endures forever. That same love is available for you if only you will turn to Him.
There is nothing you could have done that will stop God from taking you in. He is forever waiting for you with open arms. You have to decide if you want to continue doing things on your own, feeling guilt and shame or if you want to give it all to God and let Him take over. It’s all up to you.