Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
What better way to start the new year than calling upon the Lord? There is a sense of urgency and invitation in Isaiah’s words that we should take as we open the door to the year ahead. We are called to respond quickly to God as the one who has sought us in our sin and called us out of darkness into light.
Many look for a clean slate in the new year. While the circumstances of the world are out of our control, how we respond to God is up to us. How we choose to move into this new year is a choice. Will you seek God and call on Him daily? Will you bring the unhealthy patterns and habits of last year with you, hoping for a different outcome? The invitation is clear: Seek. Call.
It all starts by seeking God. We seek Him and find Him alone for our salvation. But we also seek Him anew each day. We pursue Him through His word, discovering the depths of who He is and allowing it to shape our lives. As God said through the prophet Amos to Israel, “Seek me so that you may live.” In seeking God with all we are and all we have, we find true life! We call upon God to save us and deliver us from our sin. And then each day we keep calling on Him. Through prayer we talk to God and listen to His voice. Through Christ we have access to God, so He is never too far from us. He has promised to be near when we call (Ps. 145:18).
With a new year comes a new opportunity for new rhythms. What if you started this year on your knees, seeking the Lord and calling upon Him in faith?
- How do you want to seek the Lord in new ways this year? Is there anything you need to seek less of so you can seek more of Him?
- What needs to be reoriented this year so you can seek and call upon God daily? Who can help you continue to do so?
- Take some time to thank God for the access you have through Christ. Thank Him for being as near as your breath when you call out to Him. Take some time to pray for the year ahead, seeking Him even now for what is to come.