Pastor Tim Romero
Isaiah 57:19–21 (ESV): "Peace, peace, to the far and to the near," says the Lord, "and I will heal him. 20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."Aren't you glad you can have peace with God? What a wonderful truth that we who were once estranged from God can have peace with Him through His Son. Praise His name forever!
In Isaiah 57 God speaks to the disobedient people of Judah declaring they have done despicable things in persecuting the righteous, worshipping false idols, and sacrificing their children in the valleys to false idols. Even though they are so far off from God he prescribes a way back to Him. First, they must recognize His majesty (vs 15a), and then they must become contrite and humble (vs 15b). Thirdly they must recognize His great love (vs 16-18) and finally accept His invitation to peace on His terms (vs 19). All can come. He will by no means cast anyone away who comes to Him through the blood of His Son in this manner (Jn 6:37).
Sin separates us from God. For the believer is a break in fellowship, for the unbeliever, it's eternal separation. In both cases it a break in peace. God wants to be at peace with you! He has done everything aside from making you sign the peace treaty. If you are separated from God today then understand, God is extending His hand of grace right now offering you peace with Him. Don't turn away, turn towards Him. Receive it by recognizing His majesty, become contrite and humble, receive His love and peace...the invitation stands. Know this, God will never give up on you. You might on Him but He will never stop pursuing you. Amen?
Father, we thank You for Your unending love and relentless pursuit. Forgive us for chasing after things, not of You. For turning our backs at times. Wash us clean today. We recognize Your majesty and love and desire to be at peace with. We humbly ask for forgiveness this day and desire to be reconciled with you. Cleanse us, restore us, give us the peace we pray in Jesus' name, amen.