”Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:” ~ Isaiah 55:6
The striking message from this verse is that God is not always find-able; that there comes a time when we cannot find God… even when we seek Him. This truth tells us that God does not operate on our schedules; rather, we must conform our schedules to His.
When God reaches out to us we have a finite window of opportunity to respond to His call. If we are not saved, we must realize that salvation is not always available to us. There comes a time when the Father will not draw men unto Himself; and we cannot come to Him unless He calls us. Consider these awesome truths:
►“No man can come to me [Jesus], except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” ~ John 6:44a
►“Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me” ~ Proverbs 1:28
►“But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear… Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:” ~ Zechariah 7:11, 13
Clearly, we fool ourselves when we delay in responding to God’s call. We fail to realize what an insult it is to turn God away when He knocks at our door. He will not knock forever.
Nevertheless, there is another side to this coin of truth that has to do with us:
While we are rejecting/resisting God’s call, we ourselves are changing. Think of a bottle of milk that decides it’s not ready to go into the refrigerator/fridge. While it delays, it is slowly going sour (spoiling). If it delays long enough it won’t be milk anymore and its place will not be in the refrigerator; it now belongs in the trash. AND, the good refrigerator will not open to let it come in.
Scripture puts it this way:
►“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” ~ Proverbs 29:1
►“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush…” ~ Jeremiah 6:15 and 8:12
While we are resisting God, we are also changing; till eventually we are not even embarrassed/ashamed that we treat God “like dirt”, till we don’t even care that we now prefer our sin to His Holiness.
Finally, our text also has a message for Believers. The saved are also called to be sanctified. We are called not just to accept Jesus as Saviour, we are also challenged to accept Him as LORD of our lives, the One who reigns over our day-to-day, minute-to-minute decisions.
God has already planned out our lives, He has something specific for each of His children to do/accomplish every day. He calls Believers into constant fellowship with Him. That fellowship allows us to get to know Him. That knowledge of Him inwardly transforms us. That transformation makes it possible to discern His will and do it (Romans 12:1-3).
But, sadly, we who are believers often reject His call to communion and go our own way because we are too busy pursuing our own agendas: “we have work to do, bills to pay, people to see, places to go…”. But, God does not operate according to our schedules. We, believers, have a window of opportunity to serve Him. Jesus put it this way:
“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” ~ John 9:4
The opportunities that God set aside for us to serve Him today, will not be there tomorrow, or twenty years from now.
- The stranger on the bus/subway that God wanted you/me to share the Gospel with, will not be on that bus/subway tomorrow.
- The young man/woman who needed some encouragement today, will have hardened his/her heart just a little bit more by tomorrow and won’t even listen to you next year.
- The child you could have adopted this year, might already be adopted by a homosexual “couple” next year.
Similarly, the depth of fellowship with God that could be achieved over a twenty-year span of communing with Him, will (most likely) not be available over a one year span. The spiritual growth possible for an individual in a lifetime of studying God’s Word, will not be possible for that person in a year of study towards the end of his/her life. Time spent out of fellowship with God is time spent in misery and frustration; time spent with God is time spent in perfect peace.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” ~ Isaiah 26:3
God is not always find-able; we can only see Him according to the time He sets on His schedule. Therefore, let us seek Him now, IF we still have the opportunity.