When God meets us where we are
For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! You welcome those who gladly do good, who follow godly ways. But you have been very angry with us, for we are not godly. We are constant sinners; how can people like us be saved? We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins. Isaiah 64:4-7 NLT
God has a wonderful plan that awaits the people that trusted Him their lives as Savior. “No ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!” (Isaiah 64:4). It is recognizing God’s exclusive reign over one’s life that will be rewarded in the end. God gave this warning: “You must not have any other god but me” (Exodus 20:3). God will meet us where we are and His offer of repentance and forgiveness should not be taken for granted. It is not those who look at themselves as brilliant, lives meritorious life and trust self-righteousness that God wants to meet. It is those who will humble themselves before Him and take the path of obedience. That’s where God can be found; with a willing heart that does not wait for an ideal condition to come. The ones who will trust His ways will find what they are longing for in life. We are not writing our lives on a blank page for we are committing sins when we trust our own self-righteousness and not God’s offer of righteousness. Even in our good moments, our righteous deeds are dirty garments. “We are constant sinners; how can people like us be saved? We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:5b-6a). Left on our own, our vitality fades. “Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind” (Isaiah 64:6b). Left on our own and overcome by sin, we will easily be depleted. No one can save us in such predicament unless we come and surrender our lives to God. The One to whom we rejected and rebel against is the very one who offers hope. So come to the One who offers life and life eternal.