God, sin, and righteousness

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Isaiah 64

5    You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,

Who remembers You in Your ways.

You are indeed angry, for we have sinned—

In these ways we continue;

And we need to be saved.

6    But we are all like an unclean thing,

And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;

We all fade as a leaf,

And our iniquities, like the wind,

Have taken us away.

7    And there is no one who calls on Your name,

Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;

For You have hidden Your face from us,

And have consumed us because of our iniquities.

I see two themes here that we should look at.  The first theme is the desire of God for man.  God meets those who rejoice in Him and do righteousness.  From the Garden to the Cross we see God desiring man and man rejecting God.  Jesus himself wept over Jerusalem for their constant rejection of His message to them.  God created man for perfect fellowship and through the blood of Christ we have that fellowship restored.  God desires to fellowship with us who are created by Him in His image.

The second theme we look at is the reality of man’s sin and what it does to our fellowship with God.  God is angry with us because of our sin. We know right from wrong, we have a God-given conscience, but we go against righteousness all the time.  Then we come back and try to do something good for God and He says that those righteous deeds done by us to gain His favor are like filthy rags. Our fading continues like a leaf in the fall and our iniquities blow us away as a leaf is blown by the wind. We don’t call on the Lord and we naturally continue to drift further and further away.

The result of the reality of our sin is that God hides His face from us.  In the Garden, Adam and Eve hid their faces from God.  God sought them and confronted them in their sin.  When we are living in sin and cry out to God He hides His face from us.  As we continue in sin we will find that our sin, which we enjoyed at some point, consumes us.  God in His wisdom knows this and constantly calls us from our sin to Himself and to His righteousness.  Let us not underestimate sin.  It is always destructive.  Sin always causes separation from each other and from God.  Sin is what Jesus died to save us from therefore we must not compartmentalize any sin finding ways to downplay it lest we learn its consuming ways.  Turn with me from sin and let us enjoy the righteous fellowship of God.

Be in prayer with us for our last Riverwalk outreach this Friday night.  We will be at Dave’s tonight painting the sketch boards for Friday night.  If you have time to help, please do.  Pray for health, good weather, and open hearts to receive the message of the gospel.  This is our fourth time out this summer and we have yet to see someone come to Christ.  It would be a great joy to see God save a soul Friday night. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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