Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:1, 2 KJV)
The concept of iniquity. That even without direct sin or violation, we still fall short.
Having done nothing seemingly wrong that day, our humanity itself can keep us from the light of The Lord. And we find ourselves captured by utter unilluminated darkness.
Overwhelmed and disproportionately feeling unworthy of creation by the sin nature itself. And not just sin. But selfishness. Wrong decisions made. Decisions we cannot remake. Patterns of darkness overwhelming even the smallest points of light. And for a few moments we might realize what it is to be alone. To feel without Christ. The darkness and depravity.
We all have times when we feel overcome by such lonely darkness. That The Lord does not hear our prayers or His proximity to our hearts has somehow been abandoned, wondering if His sacrifice was sufficient. Enough to illuminate the darkness of our God starved depression or light up the moments of our stark barren raw humanity. And if we let ourselves be convinced in that moment let us be influenced of this one thing…
But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon him, And by his scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him. (Isaiah 53:5-6)
Despite the moments when we call sin okay. Or make excuses for our humanity citing the antiquity of the bible or it’s supposed inability to understand our modern world. When we directly violate God principles and downplay His truth or promises. Even when we do these things…yes He still died for this. His sacrifice cannot be undone by the constant influx of flaws in our humanity. And although separation was once the price, the bars and gates of separation are crushed for all who believe that His sacrifice is enough. That He is the Son of God who pushes aside the massive barges of our humanity and loves us anyways.
Praise You God that You care for us like You do. Help us understand the magnificence of Your always consuming deeply magnifying presence.