FOUNDATIONS: Seek the Lord while He May Be Found – Isaiah 55:6-7
Hello and welcome to Foundations. The Foundation series on the Once Saved channel is where I’ll go through one passage of Scripture you can memorize that is packed full of key foundation principles about God. Usually, I make longer, teaching videos. But Foundations will be short videos focused on learning one verse. Strategically memorizing one or two Scriptures each week that teach foundation principles is a great way to develop a solid understanding of God and to keep yourself centered in His Word.
Today’s foundation verse is Isaiah 55:6-7.
“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; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7 NASB95)
This verse applies to non-Christians but also to Christians who find themselves drifting away from God. And it contains 4 foundational principles about God.
First, this verse is a warning for every person that they should to seek God now and call upon Him. God is warning us to take Him seriously.
Second, there is urgency to turn to God because judgment is coming soon. The phrases “while He may be found” and “while He is near” imply that there is a limited amount of time that each person has before God’s judgment will come upon them, after which it will be too late. The Bible says that we will all stand before God and face judgment. At that point, it will be too late to turn to Him. So this verse is warning us to seek Him now while we can.
Third, this verse tells us how to call upon God and it is through repentant faith. It says, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return to the Lord.” God is holy and He will judge every thing and everyone who is not holy, even down to our very thoughts. True saving faith in God will always be partnered with repentance. The word “repentance” literally means “a change of mind” and, specifically in this case, it is a change of mind about God that results in a change in the direction of your life. Saving faith is one single act of placing faith in Jesus, God’s Son to save you and, by doing so, forsaking or leaving behind everything else that is not of God.
The hallmark of someone who is truly saved is that they exhibit a changed life, where they’ve left behind sinful ways and are now walking in faith toward God. It’s having a Godly sorry over sin in your life to the point where you want to forsake it, to turn away from it and you call out to God to save you and to help you to turn from sin. This doesn’t mean you have to become perfect, but if you are still walking continually and repeatedly in sin after you say you have placed your faith in Christ for salvation, you have to wonder: Are you truly saved? Is God’s Holy Spirit really inside you, changing you? If there no change in your life, then you need to return to God and make your salvation sure.
My favorite word in this entire foundation verse is the word “return,” because it literally means “again coming back.” It implies repetition. No matter how many times we fail, God calls out to us that He is ready to take us back if we will return to Him. He is the faithful Father who loves us with an unending love and continually desires that we return to Him.
And then fourth, we see God’s heart in this verse, one of compassion and forgiveness. For those who return, He will have compassion and will not just pardon, but abundantly pardon. This means a complete and unending forgiveness, where everything you’ve ever done wrong is washed away and forgotten. It implies a restoration to wholeness, a new beginning. Would you like a new start? It’s available.
Maybe you’ve been a Christian a long time but find yourself heading in the wrong direction. Or perhaps you’ve never sought God but now would like a new start. This verse reminds us that we will all stand before God one day to be judged and time is short. For those who do not return to Him, there will be no pardon, only judgment. But for those who do turn to God now, they will find compassion and an abundant pardon. Hence the urgency is to not wait, but to call on God today, while He may be found. Calling upon God is as simple as ABC:
ADMIT to God that you have sinned and fallen short of His holiness.
BELIEVE that God loves you so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to die on a cross in your place to pay for your sin and that Jesus rose from the dead to show us the eternal life, a much better life, that He offers us.
And then CALL. Call upon the Lord to save you, trusting in Him to forgive you and abundantly pardon you. If you do, you will find compassion and abundant forgiveness. More than that, God’s Holy Spirit will come to live inside you, enabling you to do what you could never to before, which is turn from sin and have a changed life. Those who place their faith in Jesus will inherit eternal life and a secure foundation for a better future, one far beyond anything you can imagine.
I encourage you to memorize this foundation verse to lock it into your soul. And more importantly, call upon God today, while there’s time and before it’s too late. Make the decision today to start anew. Return to Him and build yourself a foundation with God that lasts.