Isaiah tells us the terrible work of the cross. This chapter is urgent calling to all who read it. It is important and critical now. This is the most valuable moment you have and ever will. Due to the fragility of society and government, much of what we hear is not the whole truth. It’s a deceived world. Satan knows his time is short. My advice to everyone is to get things right with God while he may be found and while he is near.
He is near enough for you to be saved or I wouldn’t feel this strong desire to preach this message. We all think we’ll wake up some day in the future and things will be changed. Things change daily. The trumpet could sound any day, and if you’re not saved you will be left behind. I want to be ready for the Lord’s return. I realize too that before the trumpet sounds every one of us could die. That’s why we need to call on the Lord now.
Isaiah 55:6 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. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
The Lord is still offering the greatest possibility to us. Few things are left for us in this life. Great aspirations we had in times past are gone down the drain. There is little hope in the world now days because people trust in things. The devil has lied to us all; he has never provided hope to anyone. We can still find the Lord—there is hope. You don’t need a preacher to find God. You don’t have to stand on your head. You can do what is required to receive the Lord, but you won’t do it. The Lord closed the gap. He’s close enough to save. He’s not that hard to find because he makes himself available. Our ways are not God’s ways. The devil deceives many. Human nature deceives us. It is simple. Every person can be saved and forgiven. All a person has to do is seek the Lord and repent. God will do the rest.
The devil would have you believe that it’s too hard, that you’re a failure. He’ll tell you salvation works for others, but it won’t work for you. If that was true, Jesus wouldn’t have died. He did so for all, the whole world. You’re part of that. He suffered it all for you and for me—for us all. You can be saved. You will not help Jesus save you. You call on his name and he does the rest. Verse 3 states incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Listen. It’s time to quit listening to the wrong things and listen to God. There are too many lies today. It’s time to turn off the lies, open God’s Word and listen to him.
Do you hear the voice of the Lord? If you hear him and move toward him, God will save you and your soul will live. You can’t trust much of anything today, but you can trust God. You can trust Jesus. He died, was buried, and arose for you. He now sits at the right hand of the Father. Through the Holy Spirit he witnesses to us all inviting us to come while he can be found and while he is near.
Verse 4 says behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. People are being led by anything and everything. We pick up the new words tossed out by society and allow ourselves to be led around by just about anything and anyone. Be led by Jesus. He keeps his promises. I need someone to tell me what to do. We don’t know more than God. He wants to be our leader and commander. He sees things as they really are. He knows all about you and me. If you’re not saved he wants to find you. You cannot hide from him no matter where you go or what you do. How he sees each of us is how we are. It is correct, and he says seek me; call on me.
We have nothing to bargain with. God has what’s needed. Are you willing to forsake your wickedness? Yes—wickedness. We all sin and come short. The Bible says the heart of man is desperately wicked. You need to be saved. Listen to your heart. Let go of the devil. Let go of your life. You can do it. The devil will tell you that you can’t do it, but the Lord will help you if you let go and let him. Turn away from what holds you and turn to the Lord. He’ll make you a new person.
What will you do with such a powerful invitation? Verse 7 has the answer. 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. Are you still unconvinced? The Lord will show you. It’s not as much what we say. Just admit your need and ask forgiveness. God will answer. Verse 11 tells us so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. It’s what God says that makes the difference. He says he’ll save you while he may be found and while he is near. Now, it’s up to you.