Thursday, February 19, 2015

Isaiah 1:18-20 -- On Reasoning with the Lord

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
Isaiah 1:18-20

I like that the Lord is willing to reason with us, even though his reasoning abilities far surpass ours.  He is willing to sit down with us and explain it to us on our level.  And he tells us that if we want to turn around and change and repent, that we can.  We can clean up our lives *completely* as far as God is concerned.  As we really and truly change, we don't get listed on a spiritual watch list or have to appear before the heavenly parole board.  God lets it go completely if we repent completely.  Not saying that he is going to be easy, or that other people will do that for us, but God will.  And he offers the same deal to everyone.  If we learn to be willing and obedient to God's instructions, as he teaches us how to learn and be good, and achieve eternal happiness, then that's what we will get.  And if we instead refuse to listen, rebel, and try to find another path... we will find one, but it won't lead to happiness, and we'll again be rewarded with what we chose.  But at *any* point along the way, if we realize that we are going the wrong way and we want to come back, God will accept us, and help us, and be willing to again teach us.  It definitely isn't easy... to turn around, to walk back, to be humble when we have been rebellious, to re-learn what we have rejected, or un-learn lies we have taught ourselves.  But it is possible, and God is willing to reason with us, wherever we are.  Today, let's go to him in prayer.  Let's talk to him about our lives and ask for the strength to find our way back to him.

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