9.18.2017

Who will it be?

I love when the Lord makes a familiar passage come ALIVE!
Especially when you are not expecting it!
I am currently taking a class on Suffering.
It is being taught by one of my favorite men on the planet. He is a godly, wise, gentle, compassionate, honest, and vulnerable man, and every week I leave his class with a mind full of biblical truth, and a heart full of encouragement.
I don't know if the Lord has me in this class to prepare me for personal suffering in the near future, or if He is equipping me to serve others who will suffer. Either way, my toolbox is being filled with excellent resources to use when needed thanks to the faithful study, preparation, and prayers of a man who finds great delight teaching the body of Christ.

We flip through the pages of Scripture constantly in class, and it was near the end when we paused in Isaiah 55. Though written to Israel, there is much we can learn and apply from this chapter, just as we can from all of Scripture.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

What struck me while reading this passage was the number of active verbs used by Isaiah.

Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to Me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

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.

Come - Buy - Eat - Listen - Delight - Incline - Seek - Call - Forsake - Return.

These are active verbs.
And each one is INTENTIONAL.

in·ten·tion·al
adjective
done on purpose; deliberate.
synonyms: calculated, conscious, intended, planned, meant, studied, knowing, willful, purposeful, purposive, done on purpose, premeditated, preplanned, preconceived;

We do not accidentally come into the presence of the Lord.
We do not accidentally listen to, delight in, call on, or seek the Lord.
And we certainly do not accidentally forsake our sin and return to the Lord.

Our God gave us free will - the ability to CHOOSE.
The question is - who will it be? The Savior - or Self?

Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth,
and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side
of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord,
choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,
whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. 
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:14, 15

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