You're sitting in the courtroom...
There is no jury.
Only the Judge.
A great cloud of witnesses.
And the Judge speaks...
"Come now, let us settle the matter." And we are fine with that. We are ready to get this over with. To hear the judgement and get on with our lives. The suspense is killing us... literally.
The accuser points his finger at us...
"It's all your fault.."
"You're so stupid."
"You can't do anything right."
"Why do you even try?"
"You're going to be alone forever."
"It'll never work"
But the Judge redirects your attention. He's willing to make a trade, an offer, an exchange...
Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
Isaiah 1:18 NIV
How can this be? You look down at your clothing. The stains are so deep. The color has soaked into every fiber. It is dried and stained. What does He mean? How can this be possible? You've worn this for so long, you're not sure anything else will even fit. How can you take this garment off and wear another?
Maybe the accuser is right.
But what if he's not. All the Judge is offering is free for the taking. And in His eyes you see the sincere look, a pleading with you as if this plan is so much better. But you're scared because you've never known anything free to be good.
Then the Judge offers more.
If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land;
But if you refuse and rebel,
You shall be devoured by the sword
Isaiah 1:19-20 NIV
It's a trade.
God says, give Me your old heart that refuses and rebels. Trust me with it. And I will help you. I will give you a heart willing and obedient to follow after Me. And you will be blessed with a life of goodness.
He is not a Judge who desires to slam the gavel down. Who wishes to punish and condemn. All have a choice. All get to decide. He is not a God who demands His own way. He offers freedom in this life and blessings beyond our wildest imagination.
The choice is yours.
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