IBS – Isaiah 55:6

Isa 55:6 ESV – “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;

When I read this verse, I think of my cell phone up here at the ranch.  Here’s the thing: it doesn’t work.  So, when I go into town, I can make and receive phone calls, but when I come up the road, I have no reception.  I’m only available at some points in time, and not all the time.  That’s what God is saying in this verse.
When He says to seek the Lord while He may be found, there is an implication that there will be a time when He may not be found.  Likewise, the command to call upon Him while He is near implies that He won’t always be near.  I need to make my phone calls when I have coverage, and call the Lord while He’s available.
The thing with my cell phone is to be expected.  When I got it, I signed a contract.  Along with that contract, there was a coverage map.  It basically says, “Here are all the places that you can make phone calls.  If you’re in an area that is not covered, then you won’t have reception.”  Interestingly enough, God lays out a contract just 3 verses prior to this one.  He says, “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.” (v 3).

What stands out to me is the everlasting covenant.  If God is making an everlasting covenant, how can it then be only for a limited time?  It seems like God might be breaking His contract early, which typically has fines associated with it.

After further examination, though, we see that this verse is calling us to sign up for God’s everlasting covenant.  See, this offer is only available for a limited time: your lifetime.  We only have one life to live for God’s glory, but we must first know that He is God, and respond to His offer of salvation.  This is the cry that goes out to all men.

My application then, is to tell the world of God’s offer.  They can only hear now, while they are living.  At any time, their time may be up, and the offer is off the table.  So, my question to the world is, “Can you hear me now?”

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