Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 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. (Isaiah 59:1-2 ESV)
Often the question is asked, “Why does God allow bad things to happen in this world?” I honestly don’t know. But what I do know is that he hates sin and will not tolerate it because he is pure. Isaiah tells us that our sins are sound barriers that prevent our prayers from reaching his ears. If we continue doing wrong, then we actually keep ourselves separated from God. He is not the moving party, we are.
So to remove this barrier, we have to stop sinning. The problem, however, is that we sin every day. Our sinful nature makes it impossible to meet God’s perfect standard, and I will be the first to admit I do something wrong every day in thought, word, or deed.
The good news is that he fully understands our dilemma and has made a way for us to be close to him again, to redeem us from this state of separation (Isaiah 59:15-16). He did not change his law, but instead fulfilled it by paying the penalty himself. His plan is like a judge that administered the death penalty, but then substituted himself as the debtor so the actual sinner may live.
Why would he ever do that? He did not do anything wrong. We learn that he did it out of love because we are valuable to him. He does not want us to suffer the eternal consequence of hell; he wants us to have an everlasting life with him. So he provided us a way out by being our advocate and our sacrifice. Through Jesus’ work, he shortened the distance between me and God by bridging the gap. His hands were nailed to both sides of the cross, where one hand is me and on the other hand is complete access to Almighty God.
I am so grateful he grabbed me with his hand and pulled me back into his fold, connecting me back to the Father who loves me dearly. All I did was surrender myself to this truth and promise, and so did millions of other people. Lives are being healed and restored by God, but we may not see the immediate effects. There is a process happening in the background that we won’t fully understand until it’s time for him to unveil the big picture. For now, we just continue to walk by faith, trusting that he is working things out for our good (Romans 8:28).