Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:…
Let us consider these words —
I. AS AN INJUNCTION TO DUTY. This seeking of God is to be considered, not only as initial, but as repeated and constant.
II. AS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO HOPE. "Seek ye the Lord while He may be found." We have the very same thought in the thirty-second Psalm, where it is said, "For this shall every one that in godly pray unto Thee in a tune when Thou mayest be found." "We are saved by hope." And what a foundation is laid for this confidence! What a foundation is laid in the Word of the Gospel. What a foundation is laid in His invitations. How encouraging is all this! If possibility will sometimes move people, and if probability will commonly move them, how much more will actual certainty influence them; especially when the prize is nothing less than the possession of God — the God of an grace and of glory!
III. AS A SECURITY FROM PRESUMPTION. Though God is to be found, He is not always to be found.
Parallel VersesKJV: Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: