#405 - SEPARATED FROM GOD - (30/7/21)
During this LEARNING TO HEAR series I’m taking a different approach to these devotionals. I want to us work harder at searching the scriptures for ourselves. We will use the ‘Come to Jesus Daily’ method below to help us with this. It’s well worth the hard work involved!
‘Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.’ (Isaiah 59:1-2)
I’ve included my reflections on today’s text below. However, I encourage you to pray and spend time reflecting (writing can be helpful) using the 5 questions below before reading my thoughts.
i. †GOSPEL - 'Gaze on the cross'- What does this text reveal about salvation through Jesus?
ii. UP – What does this text say about God – His worth, character, attributes, will, promises…?
iii. IN – What does this say about me, the church and how we are to relate? Is there a promise to believe, command to do, attitude to have, something to avoid, is there forgiveness to seek or give?
iv. OUT – What does this say about my community and mission?
v. DO - This has two components. Firstly, list as many possible ways that you can think of that one might apply the text (actions or attitudes). Secondly, hear - Pray about how the Holy Spirit is leading you, specifically, to respond.
The ‘arm of the Lord was not to short to save’ us. Though our ‘iniquities had separated us’ from Him, He has overcome our great enemy. Sin and death have been destroyed in Christ. The cross is the ‘arm of the Lord’ accomplishing a mighty victory. His face is now open to us. His ear is now attentive to us.
“Lord, I trust that your arm was not too short to save me. Your great might has removed by iniquities ‘as far as the east is from the west’. I’m brought near, I’m seen and I’m heard.”
God is separated from all sin and sinners. He is holy. He’s the living God who sees, hears and acts on behalf of His people who are in right relationship with Him. His power - His arm - can act and save and overcome all things.
God hears us and will act on our behalf. However, sin will hinder our prayers. Sin damages our relationship with God. We are justified freely in Christ. However, there is nothing for which we are forgiven that we should not also be abstaining from. The Father loves to see a humble, contrite heart in us. In Proverbs we read,
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)