Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Now, the purpose of this post is not to enumerate under what conditions God may not be near. The prophet doesn’t tell us that and I don’t think that’s his point anyway. It seems his implication is that we should take any opportunity afforded us in life to seek him and learn of his ways. Living in the moment was the secret of Jesus’s power and impact. Now, is the perfect time to seek the Lord.
I know that in this time of a worldwide pandemic, that God is especially near if we’ll call out to him. For one thing, we have more time than usual to really slow down and listen to his voice. Speaking for myself, I know that I have extra time to read his Word and contemplate what I believe he is saying to me. No time like the present to intentionally hit the restart button on good but failed intentions and redouble my efforts to make him Lord of all. Yes, I would say that it’s been good to slow down for me these past few weeks. To take extra time for prayer. To stop, listen and learn from the Master has been a fairly regular part of my routine and it’s been so worth it!
So how are you investing in your “new pace?” Ever since the pandemic started, I’ve noticed more people outside just enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’ve noticed families taking bike rides, working in gardens, sitting on front porches. Could it be that some of them, like me, are really seeking to recapture what can go missing in a “hurry up and get it done” life?
And could it also be that some have begun to pray as a regular exercise? That would be great! Maybe some parents have begun to drop to their knees once again and lead their kids in prayer before bed. Think about it. Wherever this has happened, the opportunity of the pandemic has not been wasted because more of our neighbors are resolving to “seek the Lord.” That’s always a good thing!
The best time to call on the Lord is right now. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring and we can’t get yesterday back. But we can schedule time today, even now to “seek the Lord while he may be found.” Adore and praise him for his many attributes. Confess any known sin and resolve to make changes where necessary. Thank him for his faithfulness, deliverance and friendship in your life. Lift up specific needs for yourself and others. “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”
Something to think about.