Call ahead before it is too late!
Verse of the Day, August 9, 2022
Isaiah 55:6-7 CSB "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call to him while he is near.  Let the wicked one abandon his way and the sinful one his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, so he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will freely forgive."
Covid rescheduled our routines. One evening on the way to a local diner, no one answered the phone for our call-in order. Usually open from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., the drive-thru was around the building when we arrived. No customers were inside at the register. I walked in and waited. A young man asked, "Did you call in your order?" I said, "No, sir. No one answered. I want to place a to-go order." He said, "we are no longer taking orders." Seeing the clock, "7:10," I said, "I thought you closed at 8 p.m." I was surprised when the cashier said, "We close at eight but stop accepting orders after seven" Isaiah 55 says yesterday's routines do not determine God's schedule.
Isaiah 55:1–5 invites us to dine on God's salvation. The three-course menu consists of water, wine, and milk. The symbolism of life (John 4:14), joy (John 2:1–12; Psalm 104:15; Ephesians 5:18 ), and nourishment from the pure Word of God (1 Peter 2:2) are all without cost. However, God requires we come before He closes the window of opportunity.
Dear Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for the gracious offer of salvation in Christ Jesus (Is 55:1–3). Lord, I know Your thoughts are not my thoughts, and my ways are not Your ways (Is 55:8). Lord Jesus, As the heavens are higher than the earth, Your ways and thoughts are higher than mine (Is 55:9). Today, I will seek You while you can be found.
Lord, I know I am saved, but I can easily drift. Lord, thank You for reminding me it's easier to call on You when you are near (Is 55:6–7; 1 John 1:9). I know the longer we wait, the harder it becomes to ask for help. If we ask, You will help us abandon our wicked ways, let go of our evil thoughts, and let us return nearer to You.
Lord, I know Your Word nourishes, guides us, and accomplishes all Your plans (Is 55:11).
Lord, I understand salvation is near to the lost, but time is short. Today, I will tell someone Your grace is available, and Your forgiveness is free, but the window of opportunity is closing—they must "Seek the Lord while He can be found; Call upon Him while He is near" (Is 55:6). In Jesus' name, Amen.