“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6).
To be sure, God’s grace doesn’t negate human responsibility. Just as God took the initiative in accomplishing the forgiveness he longs for all humanity to experience (Isaiah 43:25; 44:22), we must be no less proactive in its pursuit. Seeking the Lord and calling upon Him are active imperatives exercised by those intent upon discovering and experiencing the offerings of God. The working of God’s Spirit upon the human heart is always persuasive but never coercive. While he may stand at the door and knock, he will never kick it in. It is a door you must open.