Isaiah 55:6-11 – “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. 7 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. 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “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; 11 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.” NASU
We often quote passages from the Bible and have our arsenal full of them to use at various times, but the question is; do we truly fully believe and live them? I like the way this passage begins and it is somewhat problematic if you really read it. It says; SEEK the Lord while He may be found… isn’t he findable all the time? CALL upon Him while He is near… isn’t He near all the time? Let me answer that this way: God is Omnipresent but sometimes our hearts keep Him at a distance. There are times when, for whatever reason, God is not near and our prayers ascend to a heaven covered with brass. We should keep our hearts attuned to Him all the time and seek first Him and His Kingdom but sadly, most of the time we do not do that all the time. Sometimes, we are like Samson and do not realize that the Lord has departed, and we try to keep doing the same things as before and it is nothing more than a tinkling cymbal and sounding brass, form, and symbolism but no substance.
God clearly identifies that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways. He also clearly reveals that His words will not return empty but will ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES. His words will touch the heart and then the heart has to respond by accepting or rejecting those words. God speaks to us through the Bible, other people, and things of nature, circumstances and in many other ways. I’ve been watching a T.V. program before and heard the voice of God so clearly that it was almost startling. The program had nothing to do with the spiritual but God used it, because it had my attention, to get my attention. I’ve watched the interactions and actions of animals and heard the voice of the Spirit of God, as He would reveal something to me that had been missed in my thinking, evaluating and meditation. I’ve had friends, neighbors, family members and strangers utter words that were straight from heaven and they never knew it, but God communicated to me so clearly that it was amazing. He is a communicator and is constantly communicating with us but we are not always listening.
Once we have God’s words, no matter what the subject or situation, we can STAND FIRMLY on those words. They are solid. I don’t mean take what we wanted Him to say and stand on that, but what He actually says – His word for that moment, in that situation, and for His specific purpose. When I’ve done that I have never seen His word fail. When I’ve taken what I wanted Him to say and tried to stand on it, I’ve seen disappointment. I’ve spent my entire adult life learning the difference and still am no expert at it. Yet, this one thing I know – – If God speaks it, truly speaks it then IT WILL BE because HE IS and DOES NOT FAIL!
May the Lord bless you as you go through this beautiful day with and in Him!