Archive for December 15th, 2008

Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65 tells us just how much God wants to have a relationship with us.  He says “I’m here, right here….ready to be found”.  So the issue with God is not His availability to us.  He is always there and ready.  The issue is our looking, our seeking.  Scripture also tells us we will find Him “if we seek Him with all our heart”.  It isn’t some accidental relationship.  We have to want it and pursue it, but we can do it confident that God is there with open arms and ready to connect.  I love what Isaiah writes about that: “Before they call out, I’ll answer. Before they’ve finished speaking, I’ll have heard”.  God is ready – the real question is “are you”.

 

The second thing that jumped out at me has to do with lists.  As we enter this Christmas season, the common thread for many kids is how they stack up on Santa’s list.  He is checking his list and counting it twice, gonna find out who’s been naughty and nice.  You know the song.  But Isaiah tells us that God has a very different list – well maybe not so different in some respects – but the outcome is certainly more important than whether I get a gift of a lump of coal.  Check this out: “Their sins are all written out– I have the list before me”.  Does God keep track of how we live?  Yep – He absolutely does.  We will have to answer for it when we stand before Him at judgement day.  Life does matter, and how we live does determine our eternity.  The good news is that Christmas is all about fixing this sin problem.  Jesus came to give us a way to get our name on the sin list erased.  We need to have a saving relationship with Him – to make Him Lord of our life.  But His birth in that manger set up the foundation through which His death on the cross could free us from the penalty of sin.  It isn’t automatic – we have to ask Him to come into our heart and be our Savior, but God loves us enough to make a way.  So the real question this Christmas is what will you do with Jesus?  Is He your Savior?

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