|Isaiah 59||Psalm 115||1 Peter 5|
1 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear.
The reformed tradition puts a great emphasis on this snippet into the human struggle. Our understanding of God, God’s mercy and kingship are defined in part by the way we understand sin. Do we look at sin as a common occurrence in our lives, something as mundane as the rain, something that comes and goes? Do we look at sin as more than that, do we see the implication sin has on our lives? Do we see sin as separating us from God, or hurting and separating us from people around us?
For the reformers, sin was a “big deal” in understanding their walk with God. Sin not only marked the downfall of the human race but sin also defined the nature of the human kind but also the need for faith in God for redemption. Martin Luther said: “Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.”
Sin without confession, without the realization and confrontation of God’s redemption, it will just lead people to a deeper failed state that when it started. Basically, without redemption, a sinner will become a worst sinner in the process. And that where the beauty of God comes into play. God does not desire for us to go down that spiral, but God intervenes and helps us change our course.
v. 21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
Today I pray that each one of us can face our sin, and find the power to ask God for forgiveness and also the peace of mind that his grace can bring in our lives.