Archive for August 2nd, 2013

Isaiah 59

Isaiah 59 is a description of the pathetic state of man.  We have a problem.  I write about it often, but Isaiah really lays it out clearly through his words here: “the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear”.  God is able to save us.  He can hear our every plea.  But there is a problem between us and God that prevents it.

And that problem is creating a separation.  Sin, or iniquity, puts distance between God and us.  Sin causes Him to hide His face and close His ears.  It is the problem.  And it is why we need a Savior to deal with our sin.  Because on our own, we have put this divide between us and God and we can’t bridge the gap on our own.  Man will “rely on empty pleas, they speak lies, they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity”.  We are the problem, not God.  Some want to blame Him for the issue, but it is the choices we make, it is the sin we commit, that separates us from God.

Sin gets in the way of a relationship with a loving God.  “Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom”.  We have to live in the situation we create.  Some take the attitude that God will come around and let it all go at some point.  If we just wait, He’ll let it slide.  But God’s character and very nature doesn’t allow that.  He is a God of justice and righteousness and holiness and godliness.  He can’t just look the other way.

For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities: transgressing, and denying the Lord, and turning back from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words”.  Our situation is pretty dire in all reality.  But God has made a way.  He has provided grace to cover our sin, but it requires us to take action and come into a relationship with Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.  God wants to save us.  But our sin has separated us from Him and ultimately that salvation.  Jesus is the bridge to bring us back to God.  Have you received that gift of grace so you can walk the Bridge?

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