6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
In the core of this season of Lent, an intentional time of self-examination and reflection, a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter, is the active posture of seeking the Lord. The verses that precede verse 6 are an invitation to come ready to listen to Him, with the assurance that we will find life (v.3).
But what does it mean when it says “while he may be found”? Is He hiding from us?
We get a hint in verse 7 as it goes on by telling the wicked to change their ways and to turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. So, it’s more like a warning, an urgent call to turn back to Him, before wondering too far.
Have you ever done something that, at first, you used to feel uncomfortable, convicted that it was just not right by God’s standards, but then, as that pattern re-occurs over and over again, you felt less convicted, less bothered… unmoved, and experienced a hardened heart?
Take time to let Him remind you of what pleases Him.
Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. (Isaiah 55:7 NLT) (Su).
Thoughts for the day
- Is there an area in your life that you need to repent before your heart becomes too hardened?
- What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Look around and pray. It’s easy to forget to pay attention when making the same journey every day. Use your travel time to look around and pray for what you see. Pray for the buildings you pass; the people you see, your fellow travelers. Invite God’s presence to show you your commute through His eyes.