As soon as I saw this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt was RETURN, the current Proverbs 31 Ministries First 5 study on the book of Zechariah came to mind. The theme of this book is found in the first chapter, “Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 1:3 ESV)
As I’ve studied this book, I’ve seen the call to RETURN more clearly. It is a call to three things. And in this verse, it is also a promise.
- RETURN is a call to REPENTANCE. Repentance is a recognition I am on the wrong path and a decision to turn around and head in a different direction. It begins with a change of heart and is lived out with a change in how I live.
- RETURN is a call to REVIVAL. Revival is a spiritual reawakening from a state of stagnation in the life of a believer. It is a continuing process.
- RETURN is a call to REST. Rest is ceasing from our labor entering into the rest and peace of God. Jesus Christ invites us to enter rest as we take His yoke upon us and allow Him to help us carry the burdens of life.
- Finally, RETURN is a PROMISE. Zechariah 1:3 makes it clear that RETURNING is a action that brings a response from the Lord. When we RETURN to Him, He has promised to RETURN to us.
Today, is anything causing spiritual stagnation in your life? If so, it’s time to RETURN in repentance. With repentance comes revival and rest, and we become recipients of God’s promise to reciprocate and RETURN to us.
Returning in repentance can bring joy to our lives as burdens are lifted. 🙂 Have a blessed weekend!
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I love this! Return is such a beautiful, biblical word. Thanks for unpacking it for us!
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Thanks, Eliza. All I can say is that it was a word from God to me this morning. When I sat down to write, the outline came to mind almost immediately.
Love the way you have made the connection between return and repentance, revival, rest and the Lord’s promise. I’m glad you shared this scripture from Zechariah!
Return to revival – I hadn’t really connected those words…but I like this! Thanks for your post!
It’s always good when the FMF prompt links with something we’ve been reflecting on already. Thanks for sharing what you’ve been learning as you study Zechariah!