The Redeemer Will Come

Harvey Heneveld

READ : Isaiah 59:1-4, 18-21

When my children were little we would play hide and seek. They would hide and I would seek. It was no fun for them to hide and then to be surprised at being found. So I would go around the house announcing in a loud voice: “Here I come! I’m going to find you!” They would squeal with delight.

The loud way I announced my coming reminds me of the way God acts toward us. God is not playing games, and our hiding is not innocent entertainment. But God’s love for us is so great that, when He comes, He does not want us to be unprepared or taken by surprise. Throughout the Old Testament God kept telling His people, “I’m coming!”

Before the flood God sent Noah to tell everyone He was coming to act against the sin in the world. The same was true for Sodom and Gomorrah, for Pharaoh and the Egyptians, for Nineveh, for Israel, for Babylon. Before Jesus came, God sent John the Baptist to call people to prepare for His coming. God has no desire to sneak up on us and catch us unprepared. Second Peter 3:9 tells us that “God does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

Isaiah said: “The Redeemer will come . . . to those . . . who repent of their sins.” Let’s prepare by repenting of sin we have allowed to remain in us.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, cause Your Holy Spirit to reveal our sin to us and give us a heart of repentance. Amen.