Turn to God
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. —Isaiah 42:16
God doesn’t help us carry out sin, but without His help, we can’t do what is right or fulfill every part of the law of righteousness. Just as light doesn’t help us shut or avert our eyes, it helps us to see. In fact, the eye can’t see at all unless the light helps it. In the same way, the light of our souls helps our mental sight through His light and we can do good through His righteousness. But if we turn away from Him, it is our own doing. We are then acting according to the wisdom of the flesh and have given in to our fleshly, lawless desires. Therefore, when we turn to God, He helps us; when we turn away from Him, He turns His back on us. Even then, He helps us turn to Him. Certainly, this isn’t something the light does for the eyes. Therefore, when He commands, “Turn ye unto Me, and I will turn unto you,” what else can we say but, “Help us follow Your commands”?
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