Mick’s Memo – He Will Freely Pardon

I have been reading in Isaiah these days, the servant songs portion from chapter 49 and further.  This passage struck me today…(Isa 55:6-9)

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I was struck by the connection between “he will freely pardon” and God’s response “my thoughts are not your thoughts”.  Grace is unnatural and counter-intuitive to us. We may pardon, but rarely do we pardon “freely”.  We naturally look for something in response…restitution if not even revenge when wronged.  God certainly can be angered by evil; but he remains tender to people who will seek Him. The offer of grace stands faithfully despite the myriad of change around us. The hymn writer captured it in one of the most famous of all…

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest;

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above;

Join with all nature in manifold witness,

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is Thy Faithfulness…[i]

To be people of grace and love we require connection with our Lord.  He is the example, the inspiration and provides the empowerment we don’t have.  That connection is established and maintained by faith, by intentional engagement with His revealed truth in the Scripture and by engaging with His people in worship and heart-to-heart learning the Scripture calls discipleship.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend as we seek to enrich our capacity to make ‘His ways our ways’.

Mick


[i] Thomas O.Chisholm

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