Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. (Isaiah 55:6–7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Freely is not free. It cost God a great deal. A cost that He was under no obligation to pay. But He did. He now calls the wicked and the evil (that’s all of us, by the way) to repent (forsake our sinful ways and turn to Him).
Freely is abundant. More than we can possibly think or imagine. A “bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate” (Luke 15:22–23, NIV 1984), kind of abundance. Though we have wandered a great distance, paradoxically, He is near. At least “while He may be found.”
While He may be found, means it will not always be so. A limited time offer that we have no idea when it may expire. Anyone may seek, but He will not always be found. We can wait too long.
My Advice – There is no time more convenient than now. If you have not called on Him, do it now, while He is still nearby. How tragic it would be to call when it is too late.