Isaiah 59 — A God far away?

Sometimes people complain, “Where is God in this world?  I sure can’t see him.  All I see is all the evil that’s here.”

Actually, God is here.  But the evil that dwells within us makes it difficult for us to see God.  Isaiah says here in verse 1-2,

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.

Do you want to see God in this world?  Then you need to make sure that your sins are forgiven and that your heart has been made pure.  Jesus said,

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.  (Matthew 5:8)

God is so pure that he cannot look upon sin.  And because of that, our sins, if they are not dealt with, will separate us from him.

But instead of dealing with the sin in their lives, people often just make excuses.  As Isaiah wrote,

They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.  (4)

And so instead of turning from their sin,

Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood.  Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways.  The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths.  They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace.  So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us.  We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.  Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes.  At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead. (7-10)

When we look at this world, how often do we see this?  People calling what is evil good.  Celebrating when things that God condemns becomes accepted among the majority.  And so we end up groping in the darkness, wondering why this world is falling apart, all the while blind to the fact that it’s because we’re embracing evil instead of the One who is good.  As a result, things continue to spiral down at a rapid pace.

But God did not leave us to die in our sins.

The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.  He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.  He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head. (15-17)

Jesus came 2000 years ago to die for our sins that we might be forgiven and set free from our sin.  All we have to do is to turn to him.  That’s the good news.

The bad news is  that if we don’t turn to him, we will face judgment.

According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes.  (18)

So don’t wait.  The day of salvation is now.  Turn to him while you still can.

About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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