February 7 – Return from Backsliding
“If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up.” – Job 22:23
Eliphaz, in this utterance, spoke a great truth, which is the summary of many an
inspired Scripture. Reader, has sin pulled you down? Have you become like a ruin?
Has the hand of the LORD gone out against you so that in estate you are impoverished
and in spirit you are broken down? Was it your own folly which brought upon you all
this dilapidation? Then the first thing to be done is to return to the LORD. With deep
repentance and sincere faith find your way back from your backsliding. It is your duty,
for you have turned away from Him whom you professed to serve. It is your wisdom,
for you can not strive against Him and prosper. It is your immediate necessity, for what
He has done is nothing compared to what He may do in the way of chastisement, since
He is Almighty to punish.
See what a promise invites you! You shall be “built up.” None but the Almighty can set
up the fallen pillars and restore the tottering walls of your condition; but He can and
He will do it if you return to Him. Do not delay. Your crushed mind may quite fail you
if you go on to rebel; but hearty confession will ease you, and humble faith will console
you. Do this, and all will be well.