“I have been found by those who did not seek me;
I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”
“Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say,
‘The LORD will surely separate me from his people’…
the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer,
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar,
for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
Isaiah 56:3, 6-7
The house of the Lord is a house of prayer for all peoples. What a beautiful display of His grace, that His arm reaches out to save the nations. This God who built up the nation of Israel, multiplying the descendants of Abraham to surpass the number of stars in the sky, the God referred to as the Holy One of Israel—identifying Himself forever with these people—does not deny salvation to the rest of us. The Gentiles. Those far off and without hope. Those who did not seek or ask for Him.
This God grafts us in. When we turn to Him, we are brought into the people and family of God. He makes us joyful in His house of prayer because we are no longer outcasts. There is no more fear in approaching Him, because we are covered in grace and saved through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. Jesus our Messiah, the One promised long ago to the Israelites, who came to save not only that nation but those in every nation who will trust in Him. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17).
2 Timothy 2:19 says, “The Lord knows those who are his.” I love this statement. The Lord knows those who are His. Each of His own. Even those who do not know Him yet. He knows us and He is in intentional pursuit of our heart, drawing us to Himself. His arm is long enough to reach us, and His hand is mighty enough to save. Regardless of our heritage, regardless of our past, regardless of how unworthy we may feel—the God of Heaven brings salvation and hope.