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The Kind of Person God Is Looking to Restore

February 10, 2019

I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name. Isaiah 65:1

What do you think God would say to people who don’t ask for him and don’t seek after him?

You might expect God to say: “There are many people in this world who completely ignore me. They don’t call on my name. These people don’t have faith. They don’t pray. These people really aren’t interested in me, and so I am not interested in them.”

But that is not the God of the Bible. The first thing we learn about God in Isaiah 65 is that God seeks out people who don’t know him. He reveals himself. He puts himself on the radar screen of people who aren’t looking for him. He says, “Here I am,” to those who don’t know who he is.

You may not be interested in God. But that doesn’t mean God is not interested in you! People who do not pray find that God shows up in their lives. Those who are not looking for God come to know him—not because they find God, but because God finds them!

That opens the door of hope. Maybe you would say, “I don’t have much faith. I don’t know how to pray. I don’t know God. I haven’t been looking for him, and I don’t feel very spiritual at all.” If so, you are exactly the kind of person God is looking to restore today.

If you were to believe that God is really like this, where would it bring you the most hope today?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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