Today's devotion from Isaiah 65 & 66. How does the Lord respond after our unfaithfulness? First, He reminds that it is He, not us, who has reached out. We read,"I was sought by those who did not ask; I was found by those who did not seek me. I said, 'Here I am, here I am,' to a nation that did not call on my name. I spread out my hands all day long to a rebellious people who walk in the path that is not good, following their own thoughts." (Isaiah 65:1-2, CSB)
It is easy to become so encumbered with theological knowledge that we forget the simplicity of God's plan. It has become fashionable for differing doctrinal camps to debate one another. The young, restless, and Reformed crowd and those of the freewill tribes banter back and forth, and the various eschatological camps bicker over nuanced suppositions. Yet, others simply fail to consider theology at all. Maybe this is because so many fail to consider God much of the time.
All the while, God is pursuing.
He is pursuing those more enthralled with their tribe than their God. He is pursuing those who did not ask. He is pursuing those who are restless, reckless, and rebellious. He is pursuing, and His efforts are toward a specific end, which is a new beginning. "For I will create a new heaven and a new earth; the past events will not be remembered or come to mind." (Isaiah 65:17, CSB)
As the work of Isaiah concludes, God gives a description of the work that He is doing. It is a place in which their is prosperity and peace, where even the wolf and the lamb feed together. There are other issues that could be addressed in these concluding verses of Isaiah. However, for today, let's just focus on the promise of a pursuing God who overtakes us in love and blots out our past in mercy.