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Communion Meditations (2015)

Seek the Lord

Originally scheduled for January 11

"Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David. "Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples, A leader and commander for the peoples. "Behold, you will call a nation you do not know, And a nation which knows you not will run to you, Because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you." Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.

(Isaiah 55:3-9 NASB)

 

There is a common misapprehension about Christianity, namely that those who would become Christians was somehow or other “clean up their act” before becoming a Christian. It carries over to the question as well; often enough, we assume we are not righteous enough to be effective in our prayers or in our work. This passage is an interesting counter to that thought.

First, God puts out his track record in dealing with the repentant sinner. He cites as his example his treatment of King David. Now, other than adultery, abuse of power and murder David would’ve looked just about like one of us. He points out that he forgave; that his mercies are “faithful.” Not only is faithful in granting mercy, but he restores David to a position where he is a witness to others. Isaiah the prophet gives us the secret of being treated this way: seek the Lord while he may be found. This implies that he is available; it also implies there is a time when it is too late to do this.

So then, how does one seek the Lord? Well, first things first: seek him immediately. Don’t wait until you become more righteous; do it now. There are two primary fields of human endeavor that God focuses on:

·         He tells the wicked to forsake what they are doing. In short stop doing what is wrong.

·         The unrighteous man is commanded to forsake his thinking. Just because your sins are hidden in your brain doesn’t make them any less sinful.

One of the reasons we think this so incredible, so hard to get, is that we put God in the same position we are. With what we would do in his place — and the answer is, “not much.” But God is compassionate. This seems strange – and the answer is, it is strange. At least it’s strange to us; his ways are much higher than ours. It is perfectly normal that you do not understand why God forgive; it’s just required that you understand that he will.

The ultimate proof of his compassion is found at the Cross. In communion, we remember that sacrifice. The bread represents his body; the cup represents his blood. It is his way of proving that he means it — he is compassionate. Therefore, as you partake remember that you are commanded to examine your self. If that examination produces repentance, do not put off. Seek him while he may be found.

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