Grace genuinely astounds me. The unmerited favor of God upon us all. Lost and saved. Obedient and disobedient. Grace is always offered without measure to anyone willing to receive it. It is truly amazing and reveals to us the equally astounding love of God which makes it possible. We are all in the eyes of God a rose to be harvested. He’s willing to get past the thorns of the rose-bush to tend to the rose which desires to bloom. The blood he sheds along the way is considered worthy of that which he desires to “harvest” so his table may be filled with the beauty of the redeemed around it.
Isaiah gives us a powerful revelation…
Isaiah 55:6–7 (ESV)
6 “Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
We must seek the Lord for this wonderful promise to be ours. There must be both a recognition of our sin as well as a desire to turn to God for forgiveness. This is the good news of the ability to repent. To turn back to God again even when our actions have been “wicked”. That may be part of the problem in our unwillingness to return to God. We don’t see our unrighteous acts as being wicked before him. Yet they are pure evil in His sight. None-the-less, the offer still stands for abundant forgiveness and restoration.
The only catch? It may only be done in a time when He may be found. In other words there is a season the Lord’s doors are open for unmerited favor and forgiveness. Yet there is also a time when God has striven with us to the point of judgment and we refused to repent. There is a time determined by God where he says, you’ve had time to repent. You have had time to confess before the Lord your sin. You had time to right wrongs where you were able. God knows the heart and he knows when our hearts are set to continually move ahead in the wickedness unabated. When that season of easy repentance has passed, there is nothing left but to face the ramifications of our sins apart from God’s grace.
Psalm 32:6 (ESV)
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
Whatever it is you may have done, there is grace for a season to repent. That season is still in play as long as your conscience is pricked by the Holy Spirit. The saddest thing which can happen is that we reject the conviction of our hearts, hardened them and plunge ahead in our sin. Sin then becomes no accident nor snare we were caught up on. It becomes premeditated rebellion mostly caused by our pride in refusing to admit that we were wrong.
May we each find a place of humility to humble ourselves before both man and God, confess our sins one to another and bring healing to all. Only then can a flood of grace overcome us…rather than a flood of retribution and discipline.
Jesus stands at the door of all our hearts and knocks…