ISAIAH 55:6-7
6 “Seek the LORD while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the LORD,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.”

OBSERVATION: Have you ever experienced times in your life when you felt like running away and hiding from the day? It is not necessarily because anything is going wrong, or you are struggling with your faith. Sometimes it is simply because you are weary and tired and just want to hide from the battles and challenges of life. Yet, ultimately we know that there is no escape from the battle and challenges of life. We will face it one way of the other – by ourselves, or with the Lord.

When we feel like running “away” we actually need to run “toward” the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We need to run to Him for refreshing, for wisdom, for strength, and for clarity. He is near those who seek Him. He will always meet us with His mercy and grace. For the sinner, he will always meet the repentant heart with mercy and pardon. The enemy wants us to run away from the very living waters that will give us life. We think we need a moment of escape when we actually need to dive into the water of life completely.

Paul exhorts us in Galatians 6:9 not to be weary in well doing. Why? The promise is sure – We will reap a harvest is we don’t lose heart. As we draw close to the Lord His Word divides between the soul and the spirit, between the joints and the marrow, and discerns the thoughts and intents of our heart. He helps us understand exactly what we need to do. If we need a time of rest, He leads us beside still waters, He leads us to green pastures, He restores our soul. If we need courage for the battle ahead, He empowers us with courage and strength and the Word of God within to withstand the enemy of our souls. He is our water from the rock and our manna from heaven.

This morning I woke up feeling like I wanted to hide from the day. I don’t know why, this was just the way I felt. Yet, I will not live my life by the way I feel, I will live my life by faith. The just shall live by faith. My faith tells me to “Seek the Lord while He may be found”, to “Call upon Him while He is near”. Lord, this morning I seek Your Face, I call upon Your name, I meditate upon Your Word. Revive me again and fill me with Your Holy Spirit to face the day ahead and live for Your glory. In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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