I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here am I, here am I,” to a nation that was not called by my name. ESV Isaiah 65:1
It’s Sunday morning, and while many of us are preparing to go to church and worship, for others, worshiping God is the furthest thing from their mind. If these people are family, friends or other loved ones, we can really find ourselves discouraged. God has done so much for us, and we genuinely respond in love toward Him, and yet there are others that continue to ignore Him and stay far from Him. How can we deal with this?
Reading Isaiah last night, I cam across the most amazing verse. It forms the foundation for the story of the prodigal son. In this verse, God declares that He was ready to be sought by those who didn’t ask for Him and He was ready to be found by those who didn’t seek Him. While our friends and family may not be seeking God, He is waiting for them and ready to be found by them. This concept really helped me, because sometimes I get the idea that God would respond to these people if they sought Him, but that He wasn’t necessarily waiting and ready for them. Reading this verse gave me such encouragement. God loves the whole world, and is patiently waiting for each to turn to Him in worship. In fact, the latter part of the verse indicates He not only waits for these people, but even calls out “Here am I, here am I” to them, in an attempt to get them to turn. Our God is truly amazing in His seeking heart for sinners.
Are you discouraged because some of your friends, family and loved ones aren’t following Jesus? Be encouraged! Not only is God waiting for our loved ones, but He is calling out and declaring His presence to them. He will turn and save them eventually. We must continue steadfastly in prayer, knowing He will save them in His time. Never lose faith in a God that seeks sinners.