They could not hear each refrain sent to drive the them to repentance. They could not believe that they brought the calamities on themselves by living lascivious lives and loving the falseness of worship and feasting. Each stanza ends with, “Yet you have not returned to Me.” God’s call to His chosen people in the midst of calamities. Amos 4, 5, 6.
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ.” Paul woos his children to come back to the Lord. Gal.1:6
“You have persevered and have patience, and have labored for my name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” The Spirit urges the saints of Christ to return. Rev. 2:3-4
How is it that God’s people stray so far from His great love that He has to call us back?
the desires of our flesh
the call of the world
the details of everyday life
the doubts and fears in our mind
Even as the children of God we can be seduced by what Lloyd Ogilvie (The Other Jesus, 1986) calls “the secondary life that is all that we do because we believe in Christ as Lord – the responsibilities of the Christian life.”
We may not spurn God’s love with evil deeds and false worship, and we may yield to His correction in the midst of calamity. We even may readily confess bland, routine worship and perfunctory service, but will we seek Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and body?
Our love waxes and wanes with circumstances, convictions, emotional states, and seasons or time. Yet, Christ’s love is the love that will not let us go. For He is the Lord Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil.
Gal. 1: 3, 4
Do you hear Him calling you?