“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” Matthew 26:41 Jesus gives us a two-pronged approach to temptation—“watch and pray.” But what should you look for? The word “temptation” makes many people think about money, sex, and power. But as we follow the story, we will discover the...
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
Notice who Isaiah is describing here—people who do not ask for or seek God. We might call these “secular” people today.
In Isaiah’s time, this group of people were known as the “Gentiles.” In the Old Testament, God had made himself known to Moses and the people of Israel. But the other nations didn’t know him, and because they didn’t know him, they didn’t seek him or call on him either.
These are people with full and busy lives. They are not looking for God or searching after him. They don’t expect God to do anything in their lives. They haven’t been praying. They did not ask for God or seek God or call out to him.
You know folks like that. They may respect your faith, but they really aren’t interested. Their lives are full, and they don’t have either the time or the inclination to seek after God.
Or maybe that describes you. If someone asked you, “What do you expect God to do in your life today?” you wouldn’t really know what to say because you are not really expecting God to do anything in your life.
Does this describe you? Or someone in your life? Who?