Your Sins Have Hidden God’s Face
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
Recent events across the face of our planet have caused many to wonder about God’s mercy and grace. Too often we hear the objection to the reality of God’s care or concern based upon the amount of darkness on the earth. “How could a loving God allow such things to happen?”
How do I know that God is involved with the choices I make? Is there really a record of all that we think, do, and say? Is there accountability for our choices? Do the issues we face have any long-lasting implications? What if they do? What if they don’t? This brings us front and center before the Great White Throne Judgment.
If there is no moral standard, then it gives darkness reign over the earth. How many times have I justified my behavior because no one could see me? It’s ok to run a red light if the intersection is empty. Stealing from stores with a lot of inventory doesn’t hurt anyone. Looking at illicit pictures doesn’t affect the lives of the subjects. Helping someone who is hungry doesn’t help the economy.
Ultimately, if there is no God, then there is no accountability. Anything goes. It doesn’t matter who I hurt. It’s not my problem. It’s not my fault. Survival of the fittest.
Fortunately, history tells a better story. God sends a judge to right the wrong. God sends His Son to cleanse us from all iniquity. God sends a rainbow to confirm His promise. God sends His Firstfruits as a sign that He knows what we need.
When God allows us to make a choice, it isn’t because He’s far from us or because He doesn’t care. Giving humanity free will is the surest expression of God’s love. And knowing that our battle against darkness will tempt us to go in the wrong direction, God sent His Son to get us out of trouble and to set us free from sin.
The next time things look bleak, look up, your redemption draws near.
The Redeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,
Says the Lord.