Isaiah 55 6 -1 2
Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.”For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.”For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Who is seeking who? Is God seeking man or is man seeking God?
Is there going to be a point in time when God is not going to be able to be found?
Romans 3 v 11 tells us from the Psalms that there is none that seeks after God.
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found” Seek: Hebrew word “Da Rash”- to enquire of, to call upon, seek with care.
“Call upon Him while he is near” Call: Hebrew word: “qara” – call, utter, cry, proclaim
Near: Hewbrew word “qarowb” – place, time of kinship.
Call, cry out, utter, proclaim to Him while you still have time, alive in physical bodies.
This verse is telling us that while we still have time, while we are still alive we should be seeking the Lord, either as unbelievers for salvation or for carnal believers for fellowship. None of us know how much time we have left therefore as believers we should keep short accounts with God, using 1 John 1 v 9 confessing our sins.
The passage is directed at carnal Israel, God is asking them in v7 to return to Him which indicates that they had previously been in fellowship with Him , but they had fallen away. Whilst this is the primary interpretation from this passage, we can look at a secondary interpretation for the Church Age and it is a “rebound passage”. Calling us as carnal Christians to come back into fellowship.
God is seeking after man for Salvation. 1 Tim 2 v4 tells us Gods desire is for all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of Christ. God is going to pursue that desire, how ever with out ever compromising your free will choice. He is going to pursue man through the circumstances of life and through the preaching of the gospel, that when the gospel is heard, the Holy Spirit is going to convict the unbeliever of the sin of unbelief. A choice then has to be made to accept the gospel, Jesus Christ and be saved or to reject it.
When we get saved, then intimate fellowship is sought by God by becoming like Christ, taking in doctrine, being transformed by the renewing of your mind, by rebounding when we sin and use of KRRY ( Romans 6 6-13)
Gods thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. We may think we have done something that is unpardonable and so stay out of fellowship or throw in the towel, but God does not think like us. He has already seen everything that will happen in life through His omniscience and has allowed us to come into the world despite knowing what He knows we will do.
We should never allow our emotions to think and make decision’s for us. Emotions do not think. They are responders to the soul. Thinking comes from the mind and doctrine resident in it.
God is saying to us, seek ME, find ME, I am here. Do not put ME into your mindset and system of thinking, I am away above and beyond mans thinking and ways.
In verse 10 to 12 we see Gods Word is like the rain that falls from heaven, it waters the ground and the ground produces fruit which we eat. When God’s Word is preached, taught, given in season, used as encouragement then God will see to it that He gets the results. The one who gives the Word may never know the fruition that comes from it, but God does. He is the one that orchestrates the circumstances of life which led to the Word been given.