“And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God has driven you, and return to the LORD your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, and he will gather you again…If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you…And the LORD your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers.” Deuteronomy 30:1-5
Our God shows us so much grace. The Israelites had just heard a list of both blessings and curses. Blessings promised if they obey the voice of their Lord, and curses if they turn their backs on Him and worship other gods. Then we see this beautiful promise for after they experience the devastation of the curse. After they have rejected the God of Heaven and been overtaken and scattered among other nations. After they have lost the Promised Land and all the prosperity God had given them when they followed Him faithfully. There is still hope, even here. Even after they seem to have ruined everything. The faithfulness of God is still within reach. His forgiveness is still there, waiting for them to turn back and take hold of it. He promises that when they return to Him, He will restore everything. He will gather them in no matter how far off they are, and He will give them victory.
God promises this even to the extent that their prosperity will be greater than that of earlier generations. It seems that He is so delighted to display the glory of His grace toward us that He will go to greater lengths to show just how faithful He is, even when our faith has failed. No matter where we are in this life, hope is not lost to us. Even if we’re so far down the wrong path that we can’t remotely see our way out. Surrounded by the darkness of our own heart, trapped in a life we never imagined for ourselves. Our Savior sees us here. He is calling to us, reaching to us, wanting to draw us out of the mire and into the light of His glory. It’s difficult to be drawn into His light at times…when we’re afraid to be seen, afraid to be faced with the person we’ve become. But we are safe with Him. He won’t see us and be appalled. He won’t reject us or even hesitate to gather us in. No, Jesus will eagerly embrace us, knowing that victory, freedom, and cleansing come not from our own efforts, but from a close relationship with Him. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Know today that wherever you are, God’s arm is still long enough to reach you and strong enough to save.