Turn Back To God

19 Who is blind but My servant, Or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me, Or so blind as the servant of the Lord? ~ Isaiah 42:19NASB

If you think about this statement by the LORD, it is a pretty frightening one. He is not talking about the blindness or the deafness of the heathen, or those who hate Him. No, God is talking about His own people, His own servants. The very ones who are supposed to be serving Him. The ones who should have a close relationship with Him. But instead of closeness we find distance. Instead of intimacy we find lukewarmness. Instead of affection and tenderness, we find separation and detachment.

Just because we claim to have a relationship with Almighty God does not mean we actually have one. So, don’t be lulled to sleep thinking you are all good, because you go to church, or that you serve on the church board, or in some church office capacity. God’s people –the ones who should know Him intimately and serve Him wholehearted– are the very ones who are trampling the blood of Jesus underfoot and making the name of the Holy One something common. That’s why God asks rebellious Israel the questions in Isaiah 1:5 “Why should you be beaten anymore?” “Why do you persist in rebellion?”

In other words, why are you bringing more punishment on yourself by persisting in your rebellion? He has redeemed you with His own blood. Turn back to God for He takes no pleasure in dealing out punishment. He would rather see you saved than punished. That’s why He made a way for us to be saved with His own death. It is not God’s will that anyone perish, but all come to repentance. But people refuse to draw close to God because they love the pleasures of the world more.

After considering the great price that was paid for our redemption, let us forsake evil and turn from lukewarmness to cling to God in pursuit of holiness, holding fast to our profession of faith and coming unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace. That is what Jesus offers and desires for us obtain. So, let us lay hold of grace and take serious our salvation so that we are not swept away with the wicked.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the grace that was lavished on us. Thank You for offering us salvation that with You we would never be able to attain. Help me to draw close to You forsaking all else and cleaving to You alone. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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