Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”
HE DOES NOT HEAR
Have you ever prayed to God and felt He was deaf? You pray and pray about something and all you hear is crickets. Silence! Nothing but the wind! Perhaps this verse is the answer. It says very clearly here that our iniquities, our sins, cause a separation between us and God. That separation is so severe that He hides His face from us and does not hear our cries for help. Until….
When we confess our sins and repent of our iniquities, God responds. He has to. He wants to. He is a holy, just God and promises that. And once that wall is busted down He turns His face towards us and hears us. No, God is not deaf. He is just holy.
This should be an easy truth to teach our children. I am sure your little Gertrude does not hesitate to ask you for things. Am I right? But there are times when you just can’t give her what she asks. Why? Because she has not earned it, or she doesn’t deserve it. Her behavior has been abhorrent. She has disrespected you or someone else. She has to learn to obey.
When that next time occurs with your child, read them this verse and make the application to their spiritual life. Now, listen. We don’t obey God to get stuff. We obey God because we love Him and want to please Him. That’s why your children should obey you – not out of fear or to try to gain favor. We want our children to obey us out of love. It’s the same with our Lord.
Are you tired of banging your head against the wall in prayer? Is your forehead bloody from that and you are wondering where God is? Look inward. Confess. Repent. And once that is done, rest in the knowledge that God will hear and will respond in His time.