The Messiah in Isaiah
Isaiah 55:6-9 - Seek the Lord while He may be found
by I Gordon
 ↩ The pull of the world is always contrary to the commands of the Lord so, like when you stop swimming in a current, you go backwards! You may not realise it. It may be slow at first. But it will happen if you stop fellowshipping with the Lord and with His people. Charles Spurgeon put it a different way with this comforting, argh, sobering, thought 'If you are not seeking the Lord, the Devil is seeking you.'
When Jesus died on the cross there was a thief that died on either
side of Him. Both mocked Him at the start of the crucifixion - yet
one turned and believed in Him and found eternal life right at the
very end. The other didn't but remained in his unbelief and
hardness of heart and found what could be described as eternal
death. I have always remembered and liked what Dr Martyn Lloyd
Jones said concerning this:
'One thief was saved so that there would always be hope. But only one so that there would not be presumption.'
What does that mean? If you have a friend or loved one who is not saved, you can take hope from the one thief that repented at the final hour that salvation is available right up until the last breath. But a man should never presume that He can just leave it until the end and then make peace with God for one thief saw all that occurred and still would not repent.
 ↩ I recently watched an excellent DVD called 'The Daniel Project' about Bible prophecy. Go on... google it. It is worth watching! In the documentary they interview Jacob Prasch and he said something that caught my attention.
He said that previously each individual had until the day they died to believe on the Lord Jesus. Now the entire world is being put on notice through all the signs of the return of Jesus taking place that the day of salvation is coming to an end. The door is shutting. The day of the Lord is approaching.
 ↩ During the presidency of Andrew Jackson, George Wilson, a postal clerk, robbed a federal payroll from a train and in the process killed a guard. The court convicted him and sentenced him to hang. Because of public sentiment against capital punishment however, a movement began to secure a presidential pardon for Wilson (first offence), and eventually President Jackson, 14 June, 1830, intervened with a pardon. Amazingly, Wilson refused. Since this had never happened before, the Supreme Court was asked to rule on whether someone could indeed refuse a presidential pardon. Chief Justice John Marshall handed down the court's decision: "A pardon is a parchment whose only value must be determined by the receiver of the pardon. It has no value apart from that which the receiver gives to it. George Wilson has refused to accept the pardon... We cannot conceive why he would do so, but he has. Therefore, George Wilson must die."
George Wilson, as punishment for his crime, was hanged. A Pardon, declared the Supreme Court, must not only be granted, it must be accepted.
Seeing that we have been talking more about salvation, let's have a
look at man's thoughts versus God's thoughts on this topic. A
favourite author of mine, William Newell, wrote a tract many
decades ago contrasting the thoughts of man and the thoughts of God
in regards to salvation. As you read each of the claims made by man
concerning salvation, think about how you would answer these from
Man says: "I do not believe that I am lost."
God says: "The Son of man came to seek and to save that which is lost."
Man says: "I believe doing right is the way to heaven."
God says: " By the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight "
Man says: "I am doing the best I can. What more can God
God says: This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He hath sent"
Man says: "There are others worse than I am."
God says: "There is no difference: for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
Man says: "I was born into a Christian family."
God says: "You must be born again."
Man says: "I have a noble nature."
God says: "You were by nature children of wrath."
Man says: "I am willing to take my chance."
God says: "How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?"
Ok, let's say a bit more about this! I'm sure you all know that
when we start talking about the heavens we have to measure things
in light years - the distance that light can travel in a year. And
I'm sure you know all too well that light travels at a speed of...
uh... of the top of my head... 299,792 km/s. So... some facts:
The time for light to navigate the circumference of planet Earth? 1/7 of a sec. (40,075.16 kilometres)
The time for light to travel from the Sun to Earth: 8 min 20 sec
The time for light to travel from the nearest star outside of our Solar system (called Proxima Centauri in the Alpha Centauri System. Our sun is a star in our solar system): 4.35 years.
That's why God compared His thoughts to man's thoughts using the illustration of the height if the heavens compared to the earth. It's about now that my little pea-brain starts saying 'Who is this God?'
The other thing we can say concerning the heavens is its vastness. The following is from the NASA Website:
Our star (sun) and its planets are just one small part of the Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way is a huge city of stars, so big that even at the speed of light, it would take 100,000 years to travel across it. And our Solar System is just one member of a vast Milky Way galaxy with 200 to 400 billion stars. But how many galaxies are there in the entire Universe? This is a difficult number to know for certain, since we can only see a fraction of the Universe, even with our most powerful instruments. The most current estimates guess that there are 100 to 200 billion galaxies in the Universe, each of which has hundreds of billions of stars.
Yep, the universe is mind-bogglingly vast. And so is God! Yet remember what the Psalmist said concerning this God and His thoughts :
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. (Psalms 139:17-18)
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalms 103:11-12)