To See God’s Face
A Series from a Rebuke of Israel: Isaiah 59:1-5
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.”
To depict the extreme repulsion the Almighty has to sin, Isaiah says sin not only separates people from God but it causes God to turn His face away from His creation and not listen to their pleas.
It is sin that has caused this problem for the Israelites: they have continued to displease God, so He has not given them the deliverance from their enemies they have expected. The original words indicate Israel has been building a barrier between herself and God for a long period of time.
Apparently people have always believed they can create their own ideas about how they are to serve God. They, then, continue to follow those ideas, thinking God will surely be pleased with them.
But all along, God’s plan has been laid out in His word. To avoid having His face turned from us and to assure He will hear us, we simply follow His plan, without inserting our own creativity.
"Thought for the Week - 02/01/2015" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.