January 30, 2015

Today you should read: Isaiah 65

“ I was ready to respond, but no one one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me.” Isaiah 65:1a

The God of the universe good ready for the people. He was absolutely prepared to forgive their sins, cleanse them from their unrighteousness, rescue them from danger and bring them into a right relationship with himself. “ But no one asked” and “ no one was looking”. Those are two unbelievable statements to me. If you knew your life and your eternal destiny your on the line and you knew true happiness and fulfillment and salvation were readily available wouldn’t you ask? Wouldn’t you seek it out? “ But no one asked” and “no one was looking”. The truth is, as Paul says in Romans, quoting the Psalms, “ there is no one righteous, not one. There is no one who seeks after God”.

So why can we do? If no one seeks God yet he is “ ready to be found”’what is going to happen? In steps the beautiful mystery of faith. Faith, both a gift from God to us and a responding of us to Him. How does it work? Where does it come from? Who does it, us or God? That’s the mystery. We have both sides present simultaneously. We see both Joshua 24:15, “ choose this day whom you will serve” and John 15:16 “ you did not choose me, but I chose you” (Jesus speaking). So whether it’s God choosing or us choosing, one thing is clear here in Isaiah

“ I was ready to respond, but no one one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me.” Isaiah 65:1a

So, how do you respond? Are you seeking Him? Are you looking? Sure, we see this played out primarily in salvation and many reading this know the Lord, but what about the other areas of your life? What about repentance of sin? What about walking in holiness? What about the daily walk of sanctification? Are you looking? Are you seeking? Our passage promises to those who do an eternal life of blessing and hope and peace and for those who don’t a life of misery and hopelessness. So my challenge to us all today is two part:

1. Do you know Him?

If you don’t, seek Him in the gospel of Jesus. His death, burial and resurrection for the payment of your sin and mine on the cross. Remember, He is waiting to be found.

2. Are you daily seeking and calling on Him?

If you do know Him, seek Him daily and call on Him to continue to save you and sanctify you.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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