One passage in the Scripture clearly illustrates one characteristic of the God I serve. Every time I feel discouraged or starting to believe the lies of the enemy about myself and God, this passage tenderly speaks to my heart as if spoken by a loving (earthly) father after being naughty or troublesome.
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”. Isaiah 1:18
To me, it is shows that our Heavenly Father treats us with dignity and is interested in what we think or have to say. “let us reason together” shows involvement, engagement and connection. We deal with any conflict with friends, family, co-workers, church members and even God himself, very differently. We tend to be very angry, shy away, ignore and run away offended and hurt. Parents might refuse to listen, we might pretend to hear but not listen or simply shut the door and encamp ourselves with bitterness and pain.
The Lord encourages us to approach him, present our case and be heard.
There is a promise of writing off any offense. Forgiveness without qualifiers. A promise to start anew as if nothing happened. However, although God is loving and tender, He is also just and reasonable. The next verse says ” 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.”
What happens after God forgives and cleanses is up to us. It is a two-way negotiation process of some sort. He listens and forgives but He the lays out the rules to keep the relationship harmonious so we can enjoy the blessings. He requires obedience. But how many of us are willing to obey the rules after being forgiven of our sins? Most people want to have their cake and eat it , too. God doesn’t work that way.
Do you have anything to take up with our Heavenly Father? Are you hesitant to bring it up? What have you got to lose? He already knew even before you tell Him , anyway.
He is Abba, our loving Father. Why would He not listen to you? Why would He forsake you? Take the time and approach the throne, God is waiting and willing to reason together.