|Joshua tree (Photo credit: Queen Esoterica)|
Friday, February 28, 2014
Come, Let Us Reason Together
"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 as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 1:18-20
In this scripture the prophet Isaiah addresses people who do not profess to be Godly, but their lack of recognition of God’s laws does not excuse them from His correction or His judgment. His promises are extended to them, and He calls them to righteousness. They will be judged by the same standard as Israel.
Our society promotes a multiple-choice attitude about religion and righteousness. We claim the right to judge what is good and bad, right and wrong, but God has never made that contract. He still demands obedience to a strict interpretation of righteousness. We will never be able to match his requirement with our behavior. We still fall short, like the people of Israel, and our sins are crimson; they are removed by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross; they are cleansed by His offering. God’s call to us is always “Let us reason together.” He has offered us redemption, salvation, righteousness, peace, and eternal life in Jesus Christ. We have an opportunity to pray and seek God and be blessed. If we are reasonable, we will take His deal.