From Garden to City: Zechariah
This is what the Lord Almighty says, "Return to me, and I will return to you." (Zechariah 1:3)
Sometimes, when I have wandered from seeking the Lord, I think, I need to get my life together. And then God will hear my prayers. I hesitate to enter into worship because I think I am inauthentic. Who am I to pretend to love the Lord so much?
And yet, I have found that when I go to God and confess I'm lost, he meets me. When I tell him I'm sorry I wasn't paying attention, he forgives me. When I tell him I want to be in head-over-heels in love with him, and I worship him with everything I have, even if it's not much, he multiples my love and my worship.
I have yet to figure out a formula for experiencing God's presence and hearing his voice in a meaningful way. Yes, there's an element of prayer, worship, and service. But it's more than that.
God is the source of my relationship with him. I see him when he reveals himself to me. I understand his word when he gives me understanding. I worship him when he puts praise on my lips.
Jeremiah 29:13 echoes my experience: "You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart."
So does Isaiah 30:18-20. The prophet tells the people, "The Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion . . . As soon as he hears, he will answer you."
Even the Psalmist begs the Lord to find him. He says, "I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant for I have not forgotten you." (Psalm 119:176)
When I've got nothing left, the Lord fills my heart.
And until he does, I walk in faith. I worship him in obedience. Knowing that I have returned to him, and he will return to me. He loves me. He is faithful.