For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15.
In the vision that came to Isaiah in the temple court, he was given a clear view of the character of the God of Israel. “The high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy,” had appeared before him in great majesty; yet the prophet was made to understand the compassionate nature of his Lord….
In beholding his God, the prophet … had not only been given a view of his own unworthiness; there had come to his humbled heart the assurance of forgiveness, full and free; and he had arisen a changed man. He had seen his Lord. He had caught a glimpse of the loveliness of the divine character. He could testify of the transformation wrought through beholding Infinite Love. Henceforth he was inspired with longing desire to see erring Israel set free from the burden and penalty of sin. “Why should ye be stricken any more?” the prophet inquired. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” … The God whom they had been claiming to serve, but whose character they had misunderstood, was set before them as the great Healer of spiritual disease….
The heart of Infinite Love yearns after those who feel powerless to free themselves from the snares of Satan; and He graciously offers to strengthen them to live for Him. “Fear thou not,” He bids them; “for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee: yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” …
Have you, reader, chosen your own way? Have you wandered far from God? Have you sought to feast upon the fruits of transgression, only to find them turn to ashes upon your lips? … Return to your Father’s house. He invites you, saying, “Return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” “Come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live.”
Conflict and Courage p. 235
—–my brother Norman age 56 found out he has stage 4 cancer can you please pray for him. A
—–Please pray for Vivian, my only remaining aunt. She fell and has a brain bleed that will not stop. She is on hospice. Ron
—–I’m not doing very well at this time. The physical discomfort is not allowing me to get the rest I need. Judy
—–Please continue to pray for me. I had a very bad spell in the hospital while my daughter was there and it scared her. Please pray for her and for me. Barbara
Since we had lived in a mobile home for many, we had taken the precaution of having a smoke detector in every room. We bought them to make sure that we would awaken in case of a fire as trailers burn very quickly. The ones we have now are more discerning, but the ones we used to have while our children were still at home sensed the change in room temperature so well, that they often sounded the alarm when I would open the oven door. It happened so often that our kids would jokingly say, “Mamma’s cooking again” whenever the loud beeping began. Unfortunately, they got so used to its warning noise, that they could sleep right through it. It didn’t scare them or affect them any longer. If they aroused at all from the detector’s warning sound, they thought that they would be having biscuits for breakfast and would turn back over and continue sleeping until time for them to get up.
God’s Holy Word tells us of a class of people who have heard a warning voice for so long, that it no longer has any affect on them. Day after day they hear this most important, warning Voice that is pleading with them to turn to Him. Do we do the same? Do we listen or have we become so used to hearing that “still small voice” that we heed it not? Dangerous position. In second Chronicles 36:14-16 it speaks of how hardened we can become to that Voice, “Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen, and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending, because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.” Over and over the Spirit pleads: over and over we can shut our mind and heart until we get to the condition where we can no longer hear His voice. Then there is no remedy. “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jer 8:20 Frightening words! Fearful time!
Our Dear Saviour warned, “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” Matthew 12:31,32 Fearful condition! Paul speaks of this dangerous condition, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” 1 Tim 4:1,2 “Wherefore Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end, While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? And to whom swore he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Heb 3:8-4:2
“Behold, now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor 6:2 Our Loving Saviour pleads with us, “Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to do evil, Learn to do well, seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isa 1:16-18 “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways, for why will ye die? Eze 33:11 Now is the time to accept His great offer of salvation. Now is the time to listen to His pleading voice. Now is the time to make our “calling and election sure.” 2 Peter 1:10
May we always be attune to His Dear Voice saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” Isa 30:21 May we unite our heart with His Great Heart of Love while there is still time. May we continually heed His warnings that we may be ready to meet Him when He comes again is my prayer.