“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55: 6-7.
These words describe an opportunity for God’s mercy and forgiveness. An opportunity that exists at this moment, but one which will come all too swiftly to an end. There is an urgency in the writer’s language; “While he may be found…” compels us to respond without delay.
A time for mercy, a time for patience, a time for restraint, our Heavenly Father is longsuffering and slow to anger. His love delays the punishment that mankind rightly deserves, so that as many as possible will accept the pardon that God now offers through his Son, Jesus Christ.
The bible tells us that God is holding back his hour of judgment, not willing that any should perish but that all should have an opportunity for Salvation. Appalling things are happening in the world, but God is unwilling to close the door.
What love, what incredible love, That God, who despises wickedness and injustice has held back for so long, has stayed his hand and withheld his judgment.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.” 2 Peter 3:9-10.
Come while there is still time. The door is open and the Lord says, “Come”.
Glenorie Mission Church,-: Sunday Morning Service 10-15 am