“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.”
One of the more comforting statements found in the Scriptures is found in the verse above when God says, “Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken…” This is God’s promise to Israel that one day He and Israel would be married again. He was letting Israel know that though their sins caused them to be taken into judgment, He would one day have mercy on them and bring them back to Him. He was reminding Israel that though many had said that they were forsaken by God that one day that term could no longer be used because He would regather them and place His blessings upon them. Three thoughts can be learned from this verse.
First, sin always leaves you feeling forsaken by God. Sin tries to tempt you with the promise of invincibility, but it always leaves you feeling forsaken and lonely. My friend, you can’t trust the offers of sin. Many believers have fallen for sin’s temptation only to find themselves living a life of regret. Many believers who have fallen to sin sit at home feeling that nobody in the church wants them back, which is a lie. Don’t let the lie of feeling forsaken cause you to never come back to church. I can promise you that more people in the church would love for you to come back to God if you will just plug your ears to the whispers of sin and Satan that you are forsaken. Always remember that there is nothing you can do that can ever cause you to be forsaken by God. Yes, sin may cause you to disappoint God and the church, but you are always wanted back home. Just like the prodigal’s father accepted him back after wasting his life, so God and the church would happily accept you back if you will not let the feeling of being forsaken keep you from coming back.
Second, God is a God of another chance. This reminder to Israel should be a great encouragement to every believer. Though sins may have caused you to face the consequences and judgment of sin, God is a God of another chance. Let me remind you that you are not the first to fall for sin’s offer, but you can always study the Scriptures and see that God always gives the believer another chance. Even when God was about to judge a nation, He always gave them a chance to come back to Him by sending the prophets to prophesy against their sins. Why would God do this? He did this because He is a God of another chance. When sin leaves you feeling forsaken and alone, always remember that God always gives the believer another chance to be used.
Third, God can always bring you back to usefulness. Just like God is capable of bringing Israel back to a state that He could delight in, so He can bring the repentant believer back to a useful condition. My friend, there is nothing you can do that would ever cause God not to be able to use you again. You may not be able to do what you once used to do, but God can remake the blueprint of your life and make you into something that you never saw yourself doing again. Never underestimate the refurbishing power of God in the repentant believer’s life. God is a God of another chance who can remake you into something useful if you will just come back to Him. Let me encourage you to let this devotional be a reminder that God has not forsaken you. He is there to take you back and remake you into a useful tool if you will come back to Him.