Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. (Isaiah 55:6-8)
There are many ways that the Lord’s thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways, but I think this passage highlights two:
- We tend towards wickedness and unrighteousness; The Lord is holy and righteous. If we are to be near the Lord, we must “return,” that is, repent of what we have done–even, I suppose, of what we are.
- The Lord desires to pardon us, and will do so “abundantly.” We tend to be chary in our forgiveness, at best meting it out for our own purposes. The Lord seeks to pardon any who desire to return, not for the Lord’s own sake, but ours.
Lord, help us to return to you. Help us to forgive as we have been forgiven.