Friday, April 6, 2018

Scripture to Meditate On

Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1.18

One word that stands out here is the word reason, 'let us reason together'. God is inviting His people to consider their situation, to discuss it with Him. The situation is bad. You might want to read the first part of Isaiah 1 to see how bad it is. Here's how it starts off.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: "Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me."
And it gets worse from there.

After listing the many ways in which Israel is rebelling, their God calls to them. 'Come, let us reason together'. Any sane assessment of their situation would result in being appalled. Divine destruction is coming. That's just obvious. It's a reasonable conclusion.

But there is also this. This God is ready to forgive, eager to forgive. And even if their sins are as terrible as they might be, He is still ready to forgive. All they need do is be reasonable, admit the truth and ask for forgiveness.

This is our God.