Hiding In Plain SightSeries: The Gospel of Mark
Scripture Reading: Mark 4:1-9
Seek God While He Can Be Found
“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Some have named Isaiah “The 5th Gospel” for the often evangelistic tone of his prophecies. Isaiah frequently takes opportunities to call the people of Judah back to God with promises of forgiveness and redemption. I love the message in the above passage: seek God while he can be found and is near; return to the Lord, for He will abundantly forgive.
There’s a lot we focus on in our worship time together, mostly revolving around things concerning those who are already Christians. I want to take an opportunity this morning to share some thoughts to those who may not have started their relationship with God yet, or those who may be distanced from him although they do know him. God’s offer of closeness and relationship is throughout the Bible, and it has nothing to do with how good of a person you are. In fact, the passage above from Isaiah 55:6-7 was written to a group of people who were about as far from God as they could be. The people of Judah were worshipping other gods and had largely forgotten about the true God in heaven, yet God still makes himself known and invites them to come back to him.
I hope God’s invitation of relationship and forgiveness is clear to you. He wants to know you, and wants you to know him. He pursues you and loves you like no other person you’ve ever met. Will you respond to his offer of relationship?
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