Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
We are all just one lucky punch, romantic flirt, temper tantrum, click on thecomputer, slip on a banana peel, mistake at work, traffic accident away from what we would refer to as the point of ‘no return’.
Jairo was one of our ‘kids’ that lived with us for a while. He went to Guatemala looking for work. Things didn’t go well for him there and it looked like he was at that point of ‘no return’. We were all praying for him to return to Nicaragua. Praise God it looks like he is returning home the end of this month. When you return, it is a very good sign that things are going to be alright. We have to be careful to give thanks to God for Jairo’s return. It is an answered prayer. It is very easy to forget Him after we have passed the point of no return and are returning. We need to remember to return to God when He returns us from the‘point of no return’.
When we are past the point of no return, everyone prays. Atheists, backsliders, agnostics, everyone prays when there is no hope. Being at that ‘point of no return’ is a pretty great place to be if you aren’t right with God. When there is no way out people return to God.
13Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 14He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.
Jesus healed 10 lepers. All 9 were good Jewish believers, and one wasn’t. The non-Jew was the only one decent enough to return and to say thank you to Jesus. Even God the Son, the Son of God was shocked and said in Luke 17:18 “Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
The point is, there is NO ‘point of no return’.
Do not judge anyone that you deem them to past that point. The point of no return is only in the physical, not spiritually.
God is in the business of receiving the returning and healing them. Not only in hospitals but in jails, broken homes, bars and even inside the pews and walls of churches.
As long as our heart beats there is NO point of no return, ever. You can be one breath away from death and there is hope. Stuck in prison for the rest of your life and there is freedom. Bound to a wheelchair permanently and there is joy. We can return to God anytime we want to and no one and no thing can stop us.
Just like on this computer, I hit return and start a new line, you can hit return with God and start a new life. You should have seen my life before I hit return and returned to the Lord! The Horror! But God was there waiting with open arms and a full new life!! Like the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15.
Now that is what I call GOOD NEWS!