“Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:6-9
Redemption and pardon are possible by God’s grace. But notice what is required. Sinners (the wicked and unrighteous) must forsake their ways and thoughts – repentance. Yes, God welcomes sinners, God has mercy on sinners, God pardons sinners and God does so lavishly. But only after I/you turn from, forsake our ways and thoughts. Let us seek the LORD, seek the LORD’s thoughts and ways. O that I live in God’s thoughts and ways!