Isaiah 59:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
Separation is a path none of us like to follow. When we have separation how many times do we want to blame others or not accept responsibility? We may say, “I sinned because they encouraged me or I did not know it would result in that.” We want to accept the credit for results that are great, yet if the consequence creates disaster it was not us.
When we look at a sin we may feel like what could it hurt? A small drink can lead to another drink, missed appointments, hurting relationships, more drinks or even drugs. So many sins are followed by others and can cause us to become a different person. Others may begin to notice a change and end the relationship, or they may even try to tell you to stop and you resent them and begin to lose your friends.
We see the circumstances around us as different, yet do we notice the changes in our relationships? Have our friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors begun to stay away? We can notice and then do we care? We may enjoy the bottle more or any sin more than them. They want to help yet will you allow them to love you through the trial?
They love you and want to help, yet understand God loves you more than anyone and the sin has separated you from Him. His hand is reaching for you and He is there to listen yet have you reached out to Him in prayer and seeking forgiveness by repenting? The sin has separated us from God yet He loves you. Jesus came for the forgiveness of all who call upon Him asking for forgiveness, receive Him and follow Him. He went to the cross for all yet the sin separates us from Him. Seek Him and ask for forgiveness and that will lead you on the path with Him that is full of grace and mercy. What a friend we have that truly forgives us and is there when call right after a fall.