“Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon”
These are hugely encouraging verses.
Firstly, the Lord may be found. He is not a God who hides from us. Although He does not parade Himself around for the entertainment of the masses – like Jesus if He had leaped from the pinnacle of the Temple – still He is accessible and knowable. Indeed He said, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13). He is here for us to find if we are sincere. We were created into a relationship with Him, and He has not changed.
Secondly, the Lord is not far away, from where He has to be called back. He is near. As Alfred, Lord Tennyson, wrote, “Closer is He than breathing and nearer than hands and feet.” He is so near to us that He knows our every thought and the numbers of hairs on our heads.
Thirdly, when we do turn to the Lord and seek to put our sins behind us, His delight, which arises from the unfathomable depths of His love, is to have mercy on us and to freely pardon our sins. He has already dealt with them in the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
God does expect those who come to Him to repent. That is not just to confess their sins but to be prepared to start walking away from them – to forsake them, to leave them lonely and abandoned behind them on the highway of their life, no matter how long it might take – and to seek to walk in the ways of the new and better life that God holds out to them. In this they will have His help.
Be aware of the closeness of the Lord – talk with Him and seek to do everything as for Him.
Father, forgive me for those things that stand between us, and which I have not yet abandoned. Please help me to seek and turn to You with more purpose than before and to walk in the way of my new life in Jesus Christ, Amen.