by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes forth from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of a thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.” (Isa. 55:6-13)
So often these verses have brought me hope. God’s ways are not mine; God’s purposes will not be thwarted for His word will not return to Him empty, but will accomplish what He desires and will achieve the purpose for which He sent it. As His will is fulfilled, we will experience such joy and all will know He is God!
But this morning, I am drawn in a new way to the verses at the beginning of this passage, specifically: “Seek the LORD while me may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the heart, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Seek the Lord while He may be found, call on Him while He is near…. Too often we get so caught up in our worldly concerns (which He has already promised to address), that we forget His overriding purpose is to restore us to Him from here to eternity! This is the promise. If we just choose to turn away from that which is evil, wicked, unrighteous in mind, spirit and body, God will have mercy on us and freely pardon. It is the entire reason Jesus came!
Jesus’ primary reason in coming was not to heal all the physicaly sick, though in His infinite compassion He delighted to heal. All those who are healed merely physically will still die and all was for naught, unless they discover God, recognize Him as such, bow to His Son for providing the way for forgiveness of all (Savior!) and commit to live life forevermore in allegiance to Him (doing only as He leads).
Jesus’ purpose for coming, living, dying and rising again was not to answer our prayers for a job, good home or healthy children – though it gives Him pleasure to give us any of these good gifts.
Jesus’ objective was and is to reveal the reality of the Father and open the gates to eternal life with Him again through laying down His life for us (an undeniable, unfathomable expression of His love which manifests in mercy) so that we can be united with Him in this life and forever.
Here is not our home. Here we are on assignment for Him as His ambassadors until He brings us home to eternity. Here is equivalent to a foreign land where we live as aliens – in the world, but not of the world. Not in love with here because we are in love with God and His revelation and promises for eternity. We are children of the King and His servants, obediently re-presenting Him where He places us, trusting Him as protector and provider in all our circumstances. As the moon reflects the sun but has no light of its own, while on earth (which is described as being in spiritual darkness), our role is to reflect the SON who is the LIGHT of the world and will illuminate the true path of life here and into eternity.
And so we remember and rejoice:
God loves! He is calling to each of us, desiring to draw us near to Him.
God loves! He is waiting for us to turn and seek from Him the true riches and He will freely give.
God loves! He desires to show us His merciful heart and forgive all we have done which is not representative of His way.
God loves! He yearns for us to recognize Him as Truth and love Him more than the world in which we live.
God loves! He desires to use us for His glory – through whom He reveals the greatness of Himself and His plan so others will seek to be with Him as well.
God loves! His love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast and is not prideful. God’s love doesn’t dishonor others; it is neither self-seeking nor easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. God’s love doesn’t delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres and never fails.
Selah! (Pause and calmly think of that.) END
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