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Understanding the Presence of God

Isaiah 59, 
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness."

God's actual, continuous presence is not obvious to the casual observer. People who do not understand the Lord's Spirit living in His people use naturalistic reasoning to explain away the most obvious of concerning God. Like any animal, the natural man moves strictly by instinct and what he sees and feels.  He's quite comfortable ignoring God's more subtle work because it seems to him to have little, if any, impact on what is happening in his life or what is important.  Some people, like Deists say they believe in God, but they feel that after the Creation He left the world to spin around the universe all on its own, leaving mankind to his own devices.  To the 'natural' man what he senses matter most.  All interaction with the world is only through His five senses.  He is dead to the things of the spiritual realm and places no value outside of this fleshly existence.  Even those who believe that God is omniscient and omnipotent occasionally feel that God can be far away.  Is God so subtle that we can't see His work even when we are looking right at it? 

No. The Lord is always right here.  He is never late and always on time.  Yeshua is constantly interacting with all of His creation but so many don't understand it.  So what is the dividing line?  How can we turn this situation around in our lives?  What is the one thing that gets in the way of the promises that are laid out in the Lord's Word?  It is this evil entity in us, this evil of sin that keeps us from seeing and appreciating God's presence and reality.  In our sin, we ask for inappropriate things that do not glorify God or benefit us.

The Prophet Isaiah is discussing this very subject in chapter 59.  The people of Israel were despondant and complaining, "Where is God?"  Like many today they were trying to rationalize their existence by deriding the One Who delivered them time after time.  Isaiah tells them, "Your iniquities have separated you from God."  The very definition of sin is separation from God.  People often wonder where the Lord is but I have to tell you that He is right here, right now.  He is always right here and right now.  He is omnipresent and the lowest of the low sinners on Earth are never out of His eyesight.  His eye is on the sparrow.  He never slumbers nor sleeps.  Isaiah also says that His arm is not shortened that He might not save us.  As the Lord spells out the wickedness of the people of Israel you get the sense that it did not have to be this way. You can really detect the overwhelming love from God.  The good news that He is there.  He knows He's there.  He sees us from where He is.  The only problem they had was that they could not see Him because their sin caused them to be blind.  Remember, only Yeshua can open our eyes.  His blood shed on Calvary has the ability to cleanse us and His love and grace will open our eyes to what is actually going on in our lives.  His arm is not shortened. Do you believe that?

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