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Isaiah 55:6 - Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
We have learnt to take God for granted and knowing that God is not going anywhere and thinking we have a long time we put things back for another day. But this another day may not be there for you and I to see. No doubt that God has been more merciful to us because of the grace made available by the sacrifice of Jesus. We also need to remember that one of the characteristics of God is slow to anger; and soon this anger may be seen by us.
Another thing is the mercy of God is not available to everybody in equal measures; for God being righteous does so according to the heart of the person. God may have mercy on a murder and bring him back unto Him but may not have mercy on a robber and the robber may die and suffer damnation. Because if a person hardens his heart towards God's Kingdom; God may harden it further, quicken and multiply that person destruction.
So do not take God, His mercy and love for granted and while He is approachable come to Him. While He opens His ears unto you, call unto Him. While the door is open, change your hearts and enter unto your salvation.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, You are a patient and merciful God. You are slow to anger but your righteousness compels You to act. Lord, help me to surrender and change my ways while the door is open. Help me not to harden my heart, but let your grace be abundant on me. I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous 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.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
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