READING: Isaiah 54-58
“Seek the Lord while he may be found.”
God is incredibly patient with us. I think of so many times in my life when I wondered why God didn’t give up on me. I fought the Holy Spirit for months before I trusted Christ as Savior and Lord, but God kept calling me. As a young believer, I lost more battles with temptation than I care to remember, but God still loved me and held me in His hand. I’ve made choices that weren’t always God-centered. I haven’t always trusted God with all my being. And, I far too often act as if I’m my own god—yet the true God is still patient with me.
Yet, Isaiah reminds us that God decides if/when He makes Himself available to us: “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call to him while he is near” (Psa. 55:6). Apparently, God does draw a line in the sand; He may not always make Himself known to us. He is a loving and patient God, but His patience has limits. Given that reality, we are to serve God with all our being, ever seeking Him and calling upon Him. As Isaiah put it regarding the wicked, “Let the wicked one abandon his way and the sinful one his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, so he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will freely forgive (Psa. 55:7).
- Abandon any sinful activities today, including your sinful thoughts.
- Seek the Lord and call to Him. He will have compassion on you.
PRAYER: “God, I’m seeking You. I’m calling to You, and I’m trusting that You hear.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Review and catch up day