Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. ISAIAH 1:18
By: Gabriela Yareliz
We have a God who doesn’t ignore us. In fact, He tries to guide us and lead us in the best way for our lives according to His providence and mercy. When we are following our own inclinations, when we are dirty and full of mistakes and a mess–He doesn’t say, “Get away!”
Instead, He says “Come now, and let us reason together…” He wants to reason with us. He doesn’t force us, instead He reasons with us; He appeals to our intellect so we will choose to accept Him. He doesn’t force Himself onto anyone. He doesn’t just stop there. He also wants to change us. He offers an exchange. Our crimson, deep, humiliating stain for purity and white.
God sheds light from heaven on us, and admonishes our souls. He is constantly inviting us to come and reason with Him, so that we may be cleansed, renewed and changed.
It is our choice whether we listen to God and accept His invitation to change our scarlet for pure white.
“By every hesitation and delay, we place ourselves where it is more and more difficult for us to accept the light of heaven, and at last it seems impossible to be impressed to be impressed by admonitions and warnings.” Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, June 29, 1897.
If we ignore God’s invitation, He gives us freedom of choice. God never gives up on us, but He gives us our space. When we harden our hearts, we make ourselves deaf. He is still there inviting us, but we can’t hear Him anymore.
If we insist to be left alone it will be said as in Hosea 4:17, “[He] is joined to idols, let him be alone.”
“The Holy Spirit [God] seeks to abide in each soul. If it is welcomed as an honored guest, those who receive it will be made complete in Christ; the good work begun will be finished; and holy thoughts, heavenly affections, and Christlike actions take the place of impure thoughts, perverse sentiments and rebellious acts…But we need to guard well our hearts, for too often we forget the heavenly instructions we have received, and seek to act out the natural inclinations of our unconsecrated minds. Each one must fight his own battle against self.” Ellen G. White, Manuscript Releases,vol. 18, pp. 47, 48.
Today, He tells you: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.