The opposite statement is that we should see if God is with us. This quest alone should be a short one as Emmanuel presented himself as the one that was with us. Several other biblical names too this just as well.
Jesus said that “Lo I am with you always. Even until the end of the earth.” And so once again this answers our question if God is with us or at least among us.
Now then: about returning to God. First, that statement assumes that the person was ever with God. In other words, how can one return to a place that he was never at?
The same can be also true for an entire city or country. You can’t return to a place that you have never been. Still, in keeping with the intent of the statement…
If a person draws near to God, then He’ll draw near to you. This answers the problem for those who are desperate and in need of God, cry out to the Lord in anguish. The answer is a simple one: God has ALWAYS been there. He never left.
And this is so much different than in the past days of ole. Look at Daniel. He called out and it took three whole months for Michael to show up and give him his answers.
This is not true today as Jesus gave us His comforter when he ascended to the right hand of His Father. The Holy Spirit is always there or at least available to us. He is there but can also be pushed away.
We see David recognizing this virtue: “Please do not take thy Holy Spirit away from me.”
And this was back in the day when everyone did not possess assess to God or His Holy Spirit.
And so for those who say we should return to God. I answer that this is a virtuous request and one should look for God insomuch that He never left. He will be standing right there in front of you