"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: November 14

 “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the righteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him: and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” ~ Isaiah 55:6-7

Perhaps you need to “return to the Lord.” If you do, you can. Anyone can “return” who wants to return. Jesus said He would be with us always. God has assured us that He will never leave nor forsake us.

“He may be found” right now. He is there. Seeking you. Urging you to seek Him. Urging you to forsake this thing that is keeping you and your Lord from the fellowship He longs to have with you.

This thing that keeps you from the fellowship you long to have with God is the thing you are to forsake. Forsaking your sin is part of “returning”. “Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.”

There is no question here, as I see it, of God’s refusing to be found. He is simply aware that if we refuse to forsake our sin and continue to nurture it, we reach the place of near-blindness again. Seek Him while you can still find Him.

You are to forsake your sinful ways and your unrighteous thoughts. I [Eugenia Price, the author] am to forsake my sinful ways and my unrighteous thoughts. When we do this and “return unto the Lord” then we will find that He will have mercy and will abundantly pardon.

He tells us in the next verse that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Why are we so stubborn about forsaking our unrighteous thoughts? Why do we seem to doubt that God’s thoughts for us will be more satisfying,, more fulfilling than our own?

“Let him return unto the Lord … and … he shall go out with joy, and be lead forth with peace: the mountain and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

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