The longest book of prophecy is Isaiah, which has 66 chapters. In Isaiah 55:6 we find this striking exhortation: "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near."
This verse, however, is better translated, "Seek ye the Lord in His finding, call ye upon Him in His nearness." For the Hebrew preposition used here basically is "in," not "while" He is near. For God does not change. His name "Jehovah" means "I Am." He does not change, and does not "plead" with men to "accept" an "offer" which He will withdraw. This militates against Ephesians 2:1 which tells us that we are spiritually dead before He begins salvation in us. To those whom He did not eternally choose in Christ, God presents salvation only in the sense of setting the truth before them, not in the sense of inviting, begging, pleading that they accept it.
But there is a place where God can be found, and where He graciously is near His elect children. He is near them in Christ His Son. And it is in Christ that we can call upon Him and be heard. We must seek Him in Christ, and call upon Him in Christ, after He has already implanted in us the spiritual life which Christ earned for us.
The blessed fruit of such seeking in Christ is in the next verse: He will have mercy upon us and abundantly pardon. He will enable us to believe in Him that He is merciful and does pardon us through the cross of Christ. The awesome truth is that only when we, by His grace, seek Him and call upon Him will we experience the blessings which come through His Son. Then we not only know that Jehovah saves, but we will be enjoying that salvation. Seek Him then in Christ. Call upon Him through Christ and you will receive the joy of salvation, and be assured of its fullness when Christ returns.
Read: Isaiah 55
“Train Up a Child…”: “Let me conclude by emphasizing that this is a command, a calling. It comes especially to parents, but also to the whole church. There is a generation arising in our midst. There is a world and a Satan out there attempting to draw them away. How will they be kept? Yes, only by God’s grace. But grace never means carelessness. On our part, they will be kept, only by diligent teaching. God will use that to continue and preserve His covenant.” - Rev. Rodney Kleyn
- Date: 6-November