Want to take your Christianity seriously? Then do this: Tell Him. I promise He knows. He’s waiting…
2 My child, if you accept…store up…turn your ear…apply your heart…call out…cry aloud…look for…search…
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
The Spirit is the One prompting you at this very moment. The fact that you opened up this post and are reading it shows your interest. What will we gain?
- What it means to fear the LORD, not in a negative way, but in respect and awe. He is serious about our commitment.
- God Himself. He wants us to know Him personally and intimately (Proverbs 1:23).
- We will gain knowledge and understanding (v6).
- We will have success in our walk because He is our shield against the enemy (v7).
- God will guard our course and protect us against the enemy as we walk with Him.
His call for us to join Him is there in His Word. Remember that He is Ever-Present, so when we read Isaiah 55, He is talking to us at this very moment!
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Jesus offers us all these things at no cost to us–just to Him.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”
God has big plans for us if we only will give ourselves completely to Him.
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
God is interested in our past only in that He wants to redeem it. If we give Him our past, then He works it into the fabric of His will for us and Him.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
How God accomplishes this purpose is not a matter we need to understand, but to trust. He is GOD; let’s let Him be God on His own (He doesn’t need our help).
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”
God receives glory when we trust Him and follow Him, when we look for Him in the Scriptures and search for Him as we would for hidden treasure.
Today, read His Word and strive for Him. Make the extra effort to know Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself. He will! It all begins with this prayer:
LORD, I give all I know of myself to all I know of You. Take me and fill me; I’m Yours. Amen.
NOTE: For those who feel that the Scriptures are not the only way to know God, know that what you say is true. Prayer is the only certain way to know Him. But, we should facilitate the avenues He has provided for us, and His written Word is a great place for us to start. When we have exhausted this resource, then we can move on to other things. Also, commentaries count as long as we read the Scriptures for ourselves.