God’s Outstretched Hands

from Lynda Lindsey

I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by My name. I spread out My hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices. Isaiah 65:1-2

Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at My word. Isaiah 66:2(b)

Subjects owe their King allegiance; to deliberately resist, renounce, and set oneself in opposition to the King’s rule and authority is open rebellion. Rebellion, forsaking God in order to indulge in things which bring Him no delight or honor, may bring short-term pleasure, but it yields no long-lasting, eternal joy or satisfaction. Rebellion imperils our relationship with God. Even so, God, always ready to be sought and found, always long-suffering and merciful, desires all to come to repentance; God spreads out His hands all the day to rebellious people who deliberately spurn Him.

God searches for loyal, humble subjects, those contrite in spirit, those who tremble at His word. He speaks and calls, “Here I am, here I am!” He hears while we are still speaking and answers even before a cry escapes our lips! God saves and extends peace to the repentant sinner; long-lasting peace that flows like a never-ending river, for there is no lasting peace outside a relationship with the Lord. The Lord satisfies us with every good and necessary thing; no longer distanced from God, we experience joy and satisfaction, delight and comfort, even in the midst of severe trial and hardship.

In the Lord we will experience gladness of heart; our days, and our lives, like fruitful trees, will be productive. God abundantly pours out spiritual blessings on His obedient subjects. Forgiven, restored, made new, given life now, and life after death, why would we continue to rebel? Why would we spurn God’s outstretched hands, His welcoming embrace, in a futile attempt to sanctify ourselves? Rebels, cease provoking God! Submit to the King. Walk in His ways. Listen when He speaks, answer when He calls. Obey. Tremble at His word. Seek Him while He may be found, for eternity is just that.