Isaiah 59:1-2 "Indeed, the Lord's hand is not too short to save, and His ear is not too deaf to hear. But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen."
If you ever feel God is far from you, this truth says, He is always close enough to help and hear you...but it is our sin that causes a "wall" to be built up between us and God. WE, not God, distance ourselves from Him because we choose to sin. How often do we say things like, “I don’t feel God anymore” or “I feel as if God has left me”? These are just a few lies Satan wants you and I to believe so that we walk away from God and continue living in sin. The truth is God’s position never changes! He will never leave you nor forsake you. It is our unconfessed sin that separates us from God.
Now imagine with me building a brick wall. Each brick represents our sins. Brick by brick, sin by sin, we build this wall between us and God. Some walls are neatly assembled with care and others are built in a rush and look horrible. However, a wall is a wall no matter how neat it looks. Just as sin is sin no matter if one sin seems more offensive than another. Suddenly we realize there is a massive wall separating us from God and what is our first reaction? We blame God. Your sin, my sin, our sin causes God to hide His face from us and it is quite easy for Him to do so because of our wall of sins!
One thing we must do today is ask His Holy Spirit to reveal any sin that is causing a wall to be built up between us and Him. He is on the other side waiting for us to call out to Him for help! I envision Jesus behind our wall of sins, kneeling down, weeping over our behavior and praying to Father God on our behalf. He doesn’t want to keep hiding His face from you. He wants to break down the barrier so that we are living face to face with our Savior. Repentance is the “dynamite” God uses to break down our wall. What are you waiting for? Simply say His name, “Jesus”! He will do the rest, if you are truly sorry for your sins.
Honestly, this should be done on a daily basis so that we do not build up a barrier between us and our Savior. Sometimes there are unintentional sins, such as not following Jesus’ command to go to all nations or having an unforgiving heart. These are just a few examples and yes I know no one is perfect but we must commit our lives to being a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to the Lord. I don’t know about you but my desire is to see His face beaming with delight, not hiding with disappointment!
This week take the time to allow His Holy Spirit to search your heart. In order for this to happen you must have alone time with your sweet Jesus. Allow Him to speak to you about any sin that is causing a barrier to be built up. Then be honest with God because He already knows who is on the other side. Until we meet again, remember His position never changes!