- 2 Chronicles 29:1-31:21
“For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.” –2 Chronicles 30:9, ESV
I am always, always fascinated by the He-does, we-do delineations in scripture. We can so often read too much into a scripture or remember it differently than it is written when the simplicity is there within our grasp. This highlighted verse is no different. When considering why one may feel distant from the Lord, this verse describes a very telling He-does, we-do.
What we do: we turn away. The last line of the verse says we need to return to Him. In order to return, we must first have walked away. He did not walk away; we did the walking. We did the turning. We looked a different direction and left Him behind.
What He does: when you return, He will not turn away His face. We turned. He did not, nor will He. Why? Because, as the verse says, He is gracious and merciful. He seeks not to condemn or shame; He longs for you to turn back to Him so He can show you His greatness.
Have you turned away? It may be a full-life turning or it may be just portions of your life. But I guarantee this, as long as any portion is turned away from Him, you will not be at peace. Return to Him. See His merciful face. Receive His gracious heart. Return to Him for you will not be disappointed.