Almost a year after LV and I had those words running through our minds at communion services, our faithful reading of the Bible finally paid off. We found the words we had been looking for in Isaiah 1:13-14.
The new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
We read the verses and couldn't help feeling amazed that they were word for word the same as had been running through our minds. We read and reread them and wondered what we should do now. Simply finding those words had not brought the answers we were looking for. So we continued reading the verses that followed.
And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
That verse sent a chill through us. But we kept reading.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgement, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
We didn't know what to do after we read that. We had both been baptized years ago but neither of us had felt any different. Since we believed that your sins were washed away at baptism and it was only a once in a life time thing we felt despaired at how we were supposed to finally find that cleansing we had been looking for. We both tried to live our life to be worthy of heaven but somehow it wasn't feeling like enough.
We read on.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
We felt willing but didn't know what or how to be obedient. Once again we laid claim to Matthew 7:7 It had worked to find these words and now we were asking God to show us how to be turned from scarlet to white as snow. It had taken a long year the first time and we resolved to keep reading and seeking until we find our answer even if it took another year
Thursday, July 28, 2011
In Which We Find the Words
Posted by A Joyful Chaos at 9:21 AM
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Wonderful post! I'm so glad you were seeking and finding - just as the Bible says will happen. I love the Word of God and find every Word to be true. Have a great day!ReplyDelete
Wow Mary Ann, it is amazing to see how God worked in your life to bring you to Him!ReplyDelete
I love your tenacity in searching. What a beautiful testimony.ReplyDelete
I always enjoy reading your blog, MaryAnn. I have found it intriguing that there are some Amish who have left and the process that occurs. It is sad that family and friends shun you for leaving. I know you must have great hope that your family see the same things that you have found and take measures to leave as well. ((((hugs))))ReplyDelete
I have been patiently waiting for your story of what you found and what turned you both from the Amish. God is faithful to those who seek Him. Thank you for sharing!
God's Holy Spirit is amazing how he works...right after I was filled with his Spirit...he dealt with me about something I had in my home ...to get rid of it...get it out of my house. I obeyed and not many days later I found the scripture confirming his leading....he writes his words upon our hearts....blessingsReplyDelete
I'm glad you had found the part you were looking for... Despite the fact it didn't answer things for you. I hope it didn't take you another year to find your answers, and look forward to reading what happened when you found them.ReplyDelete
So grateful God was (is) leading you.ReplyDelete
Thinking of you often.
God was definitely showing you the way. Great post!ReplyDelete
We all need to seek out answers for ourselves. If only everyone would take the time. I love your blog it make my day to read. thanks for sharing such personal experiances!ReplyDelete
That is what the Word of God tells us, to seek, knock and we will find. Both of those words are action and require us to keep seeking and searching for truth. It is wonderful that our Lord gives us nuggets along the way to keep us courious about what comes next. Praise God.ReplyDelete
According to Hebrews 11:6, God rewards those who diligently seek Him! Praise His holy name!ReplyDelete