I saw a quote recently that said something on then lines that the only way to escape from the Lord was to turn to the LORD. This immediately takes us to Psalm 139:7-12
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
It is impossible to flee from the presence of the LORD. But the quotation has a deeper thrust. The thought is that of the judgement of the LORD. The Lord will always pursue in judgement where there is sin around. He never has a day when He lowers His standards. The threat comes four times between Isaiah 9:8 and 10:4 that the Lord stands ready to continue his ways of judgement against sin and those who sin
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.
And yet there is always the prospect of such threats being laid aside when repentance comes into the equation. So in Isaiah 45:22 we read
Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
And again we read from Joel 2:13
Rend your heart and not your garments.Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
Oh the power of repentance. Lets us be swift repenters. Let us be knowing the LORD is a compassionate God who relents from bringing calamity when there is a returning to Him
And thereby we give thanks for the Saviour who is a “come unto me” Saviour. And when we come to Him we can know welcoming arms. He gave Himself to free us from our sins. So when we come with repentance we can know a full and free welcome from Him.