PASTOR'S PEN: Make your way back

If you’ve ever gone for a long walk through the woods, you probably know there’s a certain point where you need to make your way back. You started out when the sun was bright and the day was warming up, but now it’s getting to dusk and darkness will soon overwhelm the path making it difficult to return to the safety of camp. So now is the time to make your way back.

Many times we use that same phrase when talking about our walk with God. We start out with Him, but then we venture off into the darkness of sin. We gradually step farther and farther from our Lord. But at some point we look around and realize we are lost. We need to make our way back to God.

But that phrase is a little misleading. How can I make my way back to God when I’m lost in my sin? I can’t see God because I’m so far from Him. I can’t see the path because the night is so dark. And, frankly, it’s scary to go away from my sin that has been my comfort for so long. What if something worse attacks me while I try to find my way back?

Well, there is another answer: Call on the LORD.

In 2 Samuel 2:4 David says, “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.”

And Romans 10:13 tells us that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

It doesn’t matter how lost you are. It doesn’t matter how scared you may be. It doesn’t matter that you can’t tell where God is. Call out to Him and He will be right there. Acts 17:27 tells us that God desires for us to “seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far away from any one of us.”

Perhaps you can’t find your way back to God. Don’t worry. There’s something even better. Simply call out to Him and He will be right there to guide you out of the darkness and into His glorious light.