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.
We see in these verses God’s ability and man’s actions. God is able to save us and is able to hear our cry. Let’s pause here for a moment. I read today in Jeremiah 3 the cry of Jeremiah after the destruction of Jerusalem. His cry is that of a depressed man who has found himself under the heavy hand of God’s chastening. But in that heavy chapter is this thought: “This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21–23) Jeremiah could not stay in the darkness of his depression for He knew that God would hear Him and that God was able to draw him out of his darkness.
How convinced are you that God is hearing you? Whether you are convinced or not, God is hearing you! God’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save nor is God’s ear heavy that it cannot hear. We who have received the full forgiveness of sin through the sacrifice of Christ are made holy before God. We are his saints on this earth and have been adopted into His family, united with Christ.
Then verse 2 tells us that when God does not hear it is because of our iniquities, our sins. John gave us the wonderful promise of God in his short letter that “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So again, for us who have been saved by the blood of Christ, even when we sin against God, the prayer of confession opens the path to prayer and God will hear us and draw near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4).
Oh my friends never let your mind take you away from God. God is faithful, His mercies are new every morning; He loves to forgive and to draw us to Himself. Wherever you find yourself today, look for the mercies of God and immerse yourself in the facts of His unending and longsuffering love for you. Confess any sin that needs to be confessed and enjoy the deep fellowship with God that He sent His Son to the Cross so that we could enjoy.
Tomorrow night we are having an outdoor movie night. We will be showing the film, “I’m Not Ashamed” which is the story taken from the journal of a Christian girl who was killed in the Columbine shooting. This film is geared toward teens and young adults as far as its message. It might be a bit over the heads of children under 12. Invite teenage and young adult friends to this. Any Christian who has or is struggling with standing for Christ in a difficult environment will find the message of this film inspiring and helpful. We will begin the film between 8:00 and 8:30 depending on the level of darkness.
Have a great day in the Lord,