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Seek After the Lord


By Benjamin H. Liles

Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. ~ Isaiah 55:6

This is a prophecy, actually, which Jesus fulfilled. We're told we should seek Him, but since Jesus was begotten by God Almighty we have access to and through Him to the Father. The best way I can explain it is this way: we need to humble ourselves, allowing God to both heal us and restore us to Him. It is an acknowledgement of our sin/s and turning away from it. Just as with the Prodigal Son, who realized how far he fell and wandered from his father, we too have drifted away from God. This is why He sent Jesus to us. It's a restoration effort. One that He accomplishes. The rest of it has to do with us just simply turning to Him, forsaking our sin/s, and living life to "sin no more." 

More than this though, and I realize it's often a hard thing to do, is to actually seek God. Why should we? Where was God when this person hurt us? Why did we have to go through a trying time when things looked great? I don't have any easy answers for these questions. But I can tell you what can happen if you allow God to cover your bad moments. He can and will heal you. Even though what God has to say applies specifically to Israel, because we are the Church, it also applies to us as well since we are His: "For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her" (Jeremiah 30:17, NKJV).

But, in God's grace and time, He gave us a way to be healed: Jesus Christ. When we repent--making up our mind to come back around to Him--He heals us from what impairs us. Those who truly look to Him, never turning back to where we once have been, we stay healed. We can walk in the confidence He can and will remain with us, even to the end.