Isaiah exhorted people from 700 B.C. to the present to seek the Lord at a time when we can find him.
Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near. (Isaiah 54.6)
Isaiah gave people excellent reasons to seek the Lord and to call upon him for guidance.
It makes sense to seek God, because of what he knows about the most important aspects of life.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. (Isaiah 54.8)
The Book of Proverbs encourages us to seek the Lord for his wisdom.
My child, if you accept my words
and treasure up my commandments within you,
Making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
If you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding;
If you seek it like silver,
and search for it as for hidden treasures. (Proverbs 2.1-4)
What goes into seeking the Lord and his wisdom?
— To willingly accept God’s words and treasure his guidance.
— To focus our attention on what God may be saying to us.
— To ask God to give us his insight and understanding.
— To seek a relationship with God and his wisdom, knowing its immense value.
Jesus promised us, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Matthew 7.7).
When we seek to have a relationship with God and a knowledge of his wisdom, what will be given to us?
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
For wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
Prudence will watch over you;
and understanding will guard you.
It will save you from the way of evil,
from those who speak perversely. (Proverbs 2.5, 9-12)
When we experience God and his thoughts, we will know by experience:
— A love for God that encompasses our entire being (the fear of the Lord).
— Righteous, justice, equity, the best path for living.
— The protection of God’s wisdom.
— Deliverance from evil.
God’s Powerful Word
Why should we invest significant amounts of time and effort in seeking God and his thoughts? Isaiah highlights the power of God’s thoughts that come from his word.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55.10-11)
It is significant that Jesus was identified as the “Word of God” in the introduction of the Gospel of John.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
“All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.
“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth” (John 1.1-4, 14).
Just as the seasons produce what is necessary for life on earth, God’s Word accomplished his purpose, the redemption of the world.
What is clear in Isaiah and throughout the Bible is that humans are not able to know God’s wisdom apart from a relationship with him.
As the Word of God, Jesus didn’t give us mere words about God. He gave us God in a body, to experience and to know as a friend. God prefers to grant humans wisdom through a person, his only Son.
This is why it is important to seek not only God’s thoughts, but also a relationship with him. It is in a personal experience of God that we find his wisdom for our lives.
About this Blog
Rudy Ross and I discuss Isaiah 55 on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. Rudy offers many insights from years of Bible study and devotion to the Lord.
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