“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 Chron. 30:9
Fear can make us do crazy things. When we’re afraid of being caught after doing something wrong, we might hide (Gen. 3:8). If we are caught, we might lie (Gen. 18:15) or blame someone else (Gen. 3:12). Maybe that’s why we drag our spiritual feet at the thought of returning to the Lord. God is all powerful, sovereign, worthy, holy, omniscient, omnipresent. There is none like Him. Maybe we can sweep a few sins under the proverbial rug while He’s busy running the universe?
This fear comes from an incorrect understanding of God. Yes, He is powerful, sovereign and more. But we miss a fundamental part of His character if we neglect His other attributes. “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love” (Joel 2:13).
What happens when we return to God? Because of the shed blood of Jesus, Scripture is clear: we find mercy. Our Lord Jesus Christ paid the price in full for our sins. There’s nothing to fear in approaching God (although we aren’t flippant or disrespectful of Him; He’s still God!). “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). Return to the Lord, and find mercy. It is there.