The word that the Lord shared with Israel was “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion (Jer. 3:14)”. Thus, in God’s mind He was married to the backslider. We must understand to backslide is to revert to sin or wrongdoing; to lapse morally or in the practice of religion. Thus, to have backslidden we must have at least been in Christ at one point in time, but for some reason we decided we didn’t want to serve God anymore or circumstances presented itself in such a way that we found ourselves so deep in sin that we didn’t feel that God would ever receive us again as his own.
However, God said He is married to the backslider. To be married to the backslider does not mean that God approves of our sin; it does not mean that God will look past our sin and receive us as we are because He will still allow us to go to hell if we want to go. But what it does mean is if we have messed up; if we have fallen into sin; if we have fallen so far that somehow we believe that we can never get back into a right relationship with God that is so far from the truth. God desires to heal those who were in Christ but walked away. God desires to heal those wounds that caused us to walk away from him; He desires to bring us back into a right relationship with him and He is standing at the door of our heart waiting for us to open the door so that He might be able to return to us if we would only return to him. The backslider doesn’t have to stay in his backslidden state because God is ready, willing and able to heal you.
God Bless You