The Hand Of The Lord
He can hear you when you call.
But there is a problem—your sins have cut you off from God.
Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
The word tells us that the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us, that He will never fail us. I believe this with all my heart! But, there have been times when I have felt forsaken, alone, or that God had refused me. It all boiled down every single time to the fact that I had sin in my life. Big or small sin separates us from the love of the Lord.
In this verse in the King James in place of the word listen, behold is used. It is used in a manner of expressing surprise at the hearer's lack of comprehension. As I read this scripture today I saw a Father looking at his son saying to Him, "Son its not that God isn’t able to save you from the perils of this life, God isn’t zoned in on the TV set, as you or I have been at times and therefore not paying attention and not hearing our prayers. (There are times when I’ve stood right in front of someone and asked him or her something and they mumble some non-committal answer which says to me that they may or may not have really paid attention to what was said.) God listens, he hears and pays attention."
The word “But” in this verse is a little word for us to take big note of. The probable reason of our prayers going unanswered is because of sin. Iniquity, is sin that we knowingly do. Our desire to give in to temptation is greater than the desire to walk uprightly.
Sin cuts us off from the presence of the Lord. This is like getting a spanking from the Lord. After knowing and experiencing the favor of the Lord, being cast into an unfavorable position because of our sin is not a pleasant feeling. We often feel that we have the right to act a certain way, or that we deserve this thing of the flesh that has been put before us. If you take a look at the full picture, will it really be worth it to loose out on God's favor? Not!!!! We are tempted in so many ways; I have at times fallen into sin because my feelings have been hurt. When allowed to fester the hurt led me to find some way of comforting myself. Instead of finding my comfort in the arms of my Heavenly Father, I turned to the arm of the flesh. Lets face it folks there are all kinds of ways, and things that we turn to. Things that even tho we don’t consider them bad, they become powerless idles that we turn to instead of turning to the Lord.
The word says there is therefore now no condemnation for them who are “in” Christ Jesus. Are we using this verse as a tool to say that it is alright to sin? The latter part of that verse in Romans says those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. If we are “In” Christ. Then that means that we are walking uprightly, seeking the Lord for His will in our lives. Giving in to sin is not seeking the Lord, it is seeking after the things of this world (our human nature and its passions).
If we feel condemned it is because we have moved out of the light of the pathway that God has set before us. He is not condemning us, our sin condemns us. But by His Holy Spirit, He is convicting us of our sin. He is desiring fellowship with us, ever waiting for us to turn away from sin back to Him. Have you repented lately, trust me it might not feel so good to confess our hidden faults. But the end result is soooooooo good!!!!! Freedom!!!! Wow, the Lord is so good and so faithful to deliver us and restore us back into His good favor.
Father I thank You for Your chastening, I thank You for the troubled times that have caused me to run to You. I thank You that with love and compassion You show me the error of my ways and restore me back into Your good favor.
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