Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Here I am! Here I am!

One of my granddaughter's favorite games is Hide-and-Seek.
But it is clear that it is most fun to be found.
If any time goes on at all without anyone finding her, she will begin to make noises.
The most fun is to be found.

Today, God is saying to His people.
"Here I am, Here I am."
But noone is seeking Him.

He says, "You shall seek me, and you shall find me, if you seek me with all your heart."
But no one is seeking Him.

And He wants to be found...

Isaiah 65

1 The Lord says,

“I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help.
I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me.
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’
to a nation that did not call on my name.[d]
2 All day long I opened my arms to a rebellious people.[e]
But they follow their own evil paths
and their own crooked schemes.
3 All day long they insult me to my face
by worshiping idols in their sacred gardens.
They burn incense on pagan altars.
4 At night they go out among the graves,
worshiping the dead.
They eat the flesh of pigs
and make stews with other forbidden foods.
5 Yet they say to each other,
‘Don’t come too close or you will defile me!
I am holier than you!’
These people are a stench in my nostrils,
an acrid smell that never goes away.

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