Seek the Lord; His Purposes Are Glorious!

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

Remember to view the new song, “One Nation Under God” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  Share the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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