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"RE": The Most Beautiful Prefix in History

October 23, 2016

 

Return to me…and I will return to you...–Zech 1:3

 

Some might call it hypocrisy to keep showing up while all is going on at home. I call it survival. I don’t think any prefix in the Bible could be more beautiful than “re.” Two little letters that simply mean: “again.” For instance, “return to me, for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 44:22). It looks like He’d just turn His back on us when we turn our backs on Him, but He doesn’t. Instead He echoes throughout Scripture, “Return to me!” “Again, Lord? For the fiftieth time? Aren’t You sick

of my coming and going?” You’ll find that one “re” verb over 400 times in the Bible.

 

There’s renew: (Isaiah 40:31) And revive: (Isaiah 57:15) And restore: (Psalm 23:3). And repair. Rebuild and sometimes in the same verse: restore (Amos 9:11). And replant: (Ezekiel 36:36). Astonishingly, there appears to be no limit to what God will lovingly and lavishly redo and refresh for those simply willing to return and repent. “Repent therefore, and turn back,” (Acts 3:19-21). “And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren” (Luke 22:31-32).

 

So, you blew it again? Been rejected again? Been broken again? Fallen in that trap again? Been foolish again? Faithless again? I know a Savior willing to put you back together again. Go back to Jesus. Yes, you get to return, because “re” is the most beautiful prefix in history.

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