There's a reason to reason...
I love the verse in the Bible that teaches, “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 (KJV) The verse is God’s way of saying, “Let’s talk about this.” We talk to God through prayer.
The interesting thing about prayer is that I seem to think it is all about God showing up for me. This belief is totally untrue. He is always around. Prayer is a time for me to slow down and to show up for God’s sake. He really does want to talk to us and with us. Another interesting thing about prayer is that I have a tendency to do all of the talking. In the verse above, God poignantly says He desires two-way communication. Two-way means I do some talking, but more importantly – I listen.
God wants to reason with us. I believe God wants us to tell Him our heart’s desire and then asks us to trust Him. I am well-aware that there are some deep questions that will not be answered this side of Heaven. Why do children get cancer? Are we supposed to beg God in prayer? Or do we ask once and depend on Him to have both the ability to remember our request and the capability to answer the request in everyone’s best interest?
At the same time, I believe God has a great deal to say to us in order to help us understand His side. That is the entire reason for His request that we reason with Him. It’s interesting that God says “let’s reason together” in the same thought as when man’s sinfulness is described. I believe God wants to define sin to us and wants to direct us in a new direction.
My sins (wrongdoings) are as red as scarlet. After reasoning, Him teaching me, me listening, Him hearing my side of the story, I get to start life over with a clean slate. My sins are as crimson, deep red and probably double-dipped dyed in ancient days, and are made as wool. Wool in Bible days was not dyed. In other words, God repeats a thought of taking deep, intense red coloring and removing all of the artificial coloring to make one as they were before dying ever occurred. We get a fresh, pure, authentic part of ourselves back when we reason with God!
God repeats Himself often because He realizes we typically do not get it the first time. He also shows repetition when trying to really drive a point home in our heart.
The reason for reasoning is for us to grow more into God’s image and to fully discover our true self. The person God created. The person God intended me to be all along.
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