“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; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”
Isaiah 55:6-7 NKJV
While He may be found
I am finding that it is becoming all the more difficult to find truth in this world. There are so many proffering their own versions of what they say is truth. This is especially true in the church. The American church has become a consumer driven product, where the emphasis is on bring people in to fill the pews.
Reading Isaiah fifty five had deep resonance for me this morning.
The emphasis on churches being seeker sedative, I’m sorry, sensitive, has resulted in a hybrid form of Christianity that does not reflect that of the Bible. The people in the pews have been lulled to sleep, unaware of the damage being wrought by their unchecked sin.
The modern church is driven by the passions and emotions of humanity, and an angle toward satisfying the lusts thereof. Any effort to awaken people to their true state is met with great anger, and even violence.
I watched a video of a young man who went into a modern day church oriented toward a certain sexual lifestyle. I looked on in horror as he asked basic questions about biblical Christianity. The “pastor” of this church, a woman dressed in black, offered explanations of what she called christianity. It was based on vague metaphysical, new age thought. She referred to it as christ consciousness.
The conversation became heated as the young man asked more biblical questions. Eventually he was violently pushed out the door of the church by an older male congregant.
There is coming a day when those who profess to be Christians will have no stomach or tolerance for the word of God. Paul warned Timothy of this, and by way of his writings, he is warning us.
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
II Timothy 4:1-5 NKJV
As Paul urged Timothy, we too are charged to preach the word! There is soon coming a day when we will be the only lights standing for truth in what will be a darkened world.
The world as we now know it is wrapped up in emotions, even in the church the emotion and the experience has surpassed biblical truth. As a result the church has lost its depth and has been stirred into the pot of spiritual ambiguity, where nothing about what the world calls christian has any peculiarity.
It is in this time that we must stand out in the world as Jesus intended, as lights in the darkness, standing out ion stark contrast. There is great danger in this, for just as the light allows us to be seen, we also make a much better target.
But the Lord has given us a mission that we must complete, no matter what.
“Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
Matthew 28:16-20 NKJV
Just as when the Lord addressed His disciples before He ascended to the right hand of the Father, we too have some among us who have doubts. I tell you the truth, my early days in the faith were filled with doubts, but the Lord has turned that doubt into confidence, as I have seen Him work great miracles in the lives of believers.
Let us urge those who are doubting on in the faith, supporting them, gently challenging them, and showing them by way of example. We must be seeking after the Lord while He may be found.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Colossians 3:12-17 NKJV
Tough times are coming for the followers of Jesus. With each passing day, those who oppose Christ and His word are all the more vociferous in their rhetoric, as words are become more violent. Even those in power are viewing the godly, biblical values of Christian as being “sort of sinful.”
The moral world has been turned upside down, and it is on us to be anchored securely in the truth of God’s Word and the salvation found in Jesus. Our God is unchanging, and always faithful. He sent HIs Son Jesus to pay for our sins, His body, the true veil, rent on the cross, that we have access the throne of God.
“Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:17-20 NKJV
Let us call upon Him while He is near.
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3 thoughts on “While He may be found”
“Seeker sedative“. That’s hilarious, and also grieves me. I love the way your mind works Bernie.
Thanks so much for your prayers over the podcast yesterday. I feel like it went well and was to the glory of God. Here’s a link.
Would you please continue to pray for the salvation of a few people in our lives? Andrew, Charles, Missy, Kirk, Sam, and Rheise.
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Your Bible verses from Colossians 3 and Hebrews 6 are very powerful, in this context. I needed the reminder of Colossians 3:12–17, because I will be meeting with a Brother in Kreis tonight, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, with the sole intention of listening and encouraging. Colossians three was just what I needed. Thank you for ministering to meet my friend. I love you.
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