The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 16

Seek the lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your 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. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out of my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish the purpose for which I sent it” – [Isaiah 55: 6-11].

Seeking the Lord may be the desire of our hearts. But the manner and motivation we employ in seeking him will determine whether we find him. If we seek him with our own understanding, then let’s not be surprised that we never enter into His presence. Jesus, speaking of the work of the Holy Spirit (whom he foreknew would be sent after his ascension) said to the woman at the well: “ A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4: 23, 24). Notice the balance - spirit plus truth; one involves the other in true worship!

Worshiping ‘in spirit’ means being open to the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It means being in submission to him. It involves allowing him to open our spiritual eyes and ears so that our spiritual hearts may be changed. This is how truth comes to us. This is God’s way. He works internally in order to bring about change externally. Man attempts to bring about internal change by external actions. This is really contrary to God’s Way and demands repentance.

We are exhorted to seek the lord “while he may be found”; that means taking advantage of the season in which we begin to experience His favour through the manifestations of the Spirit’s power. We are in such a season. We have been ever since the Holy Spirit was sent to be with the Church on the day of Pentecost! We know He is to stay with us till Jesus returns.

We are going to see Jesus' Name glorified through changed lives. How He chooses to do so is really his business. Our business is simply to come to him as worshiping servants, acknowledging that His ways are higher than ours are, and often seem ‘foolishness’ to us. We must allow the Holy Spirit to have his way.

Let’s put away our ‘head knowledge’ and let the Spirit move! Let’s draw near as little children.

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