Day 28

Seek The Lord While He May Be Found



Isaiah 55:1-7

BY Amanda Bible Williams

Text: Isaiah 55:1-7

Twenty-eight days ago, we began this season with an invitation: O, Come, Let Us Adore Him. Let us adore the King who made His grand entrance in a manger, the baby Son of God who grew to be a man and the Savior of Man.

We have awaited His arrival with joy and repentance, expectancy and hope, and now He’s here. He’s here!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
(Placide Cappeau, 1847)

Our Lord has appeared—the embodiment of the boldest, most beautiful, most personal invitation we could ever hope to receive.

And now, today, we read another glorious invitation in a passage inspired by the Holy Spirit and penned by the prophet Isaiah—a passage which presents the blessed implications of Christmas centuries before the birth of Christ. (Isn’t the Bible amazing?)

[Let’s pause here to read these seven verses together once more. They’re just too rich to read only once!]

As I look back at how I’ve spent this closing year, I see moments and days where I lived as if I believe Christmas is a lie. I see times of displaced hope and misplaced trust. But I also see the steadfast hand of God’s covenant love undergirding all my acts of futility and forgetfulness.

And so, I will offer to you this sweet reminder the Lord is whispering to me through the words of Isaiah—

Those things you spend your spiritual and emotional and physical currency on, in hopes that it will fill you up? They are not bread. They cannot satisfy. They cost all of you, leaving you bankrupt, when the riches of grace are free for the taking.

Oh, friends, the invitation to “seek the Lord while He may be found” is not an ultimatum. It’s not a threat for us to be better or do more. It is a promise!

Isaiah 55:3 says, “I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.” A covenant is the firmest, surest, most lasting kind of promise! And the Lord has covenanted with us to love us with a steadfast love. The promise that came to us in the words of a prophet and in the discomfort of a humble stable still hold fast for you and me, right here and now.

Our God has come to us—Emmanuel! He is here and ours for the knowing.

The invitation does come with one qualification: it is for “everyone who thirsts” (Is. 55:1).

If you aren’t thirsty today—if you have no longings, no fears, no need to be known or loved or accepted or forgiven—then this invitation may not for you. Or, maybe you need to hear that it is okay to be needy and broken. Being thirsty is more than acceptable—it is that blessed ache that drives you to the arms of the One who saves.

So, come, let’s be thirsty together. Let’s seek the Lord while He may be found. And praise God—He may indeed be found! Christmas is true!

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 For an added layer of worship during this sweet season of adoration and expectation, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for Advent 2014! You can find the complete SheReadsTruth | O Come Let Us Adore Him playlist at this link, or listen to today’s track on the player below. Enjoy!

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70 thoughts on "Seek The Lord While He May Be Found"

  1. Line APK says:

    Amazing and good one. Thanks for share.

  2. Bethany says:

    Thanks for an amazing Christmas devotional. I have so enjoyed it and I am so thankful for this source of encouragement and support as we enter a brand-new year! *amazing!*

  3. Mary Garza says:

    6Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. my ways and thoughts have not been good. I have sinned but my hope and faith has always been that I need a savior. Our Jesus who died for us all. Thank you Jesus and I pray that God will continue to work in our lives in, the year 2015.

  4. Kendra says:

    What a terrific ending to this Advent series! I have enjoyed every reading. It was awesome to read that I’m not the only one who feels the things I feel. Maybe I’m more normal than I think! LOL Thanks ladies of SRT!

    1. Kendra, it is such a joy to have you in our community! Grateful we are in this together!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  5. Dawn M says:

    6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.

    Just read this verse yesterday in my daughters devotional. I think someone ;-) is trying to tell me something!!

  6. Madi Carter says:

    I love the verse “.. For He will endow you with splendor..” Powerful words with a powerful meaning.

  7. Megan says:

    Two nights ago, completely broken and in tears begging and pleading with God, wrestling with where I am.. This provided so much perspective. “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters… Eat what is good, delight yourself in abundance.” He is abundantly available… To me. Wow.

    1. Jean says:

      I am in a broken place as well, and these words are giving me hope and encouraging my heart! I needed this and your open heart to remind me that God is uniquely personal. You are in my prayers, Megan.

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