Having peace with God
Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. Your hands are the hands of murderers, and your fingers are filthy with sin. Your lips are full of lies, and your mouth spews corruption. Isaiah 59:1-3 NLT
Isaiah’s assertion from the text is that God’s hands and ears are perfectly capable to provide salvation and to reach out and listen to us. He made the similar assertion previously. “Was my arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you?” (Isaiah 50:2 NIV). In spite of God reaching out to us and willingness to listen to us, it is us who places a barrier between us and Him by continually rebelling. “It’s your sins that have cut you off from God” (Isaiah 59:2). Our iniquities led us to disobey what was right and acceptable before God. Our sins become an impediment to have a right relationship with God. The people lifted up their hands for worship but their hands were used to exploit others. They used the poor who are vulnerable to their lies and they abuse their authority to enrich themselves. Our view of Christianity becomes flawed once we plot out a plan to hurt one another in what we do and what we say. How we treat others is so important to God. “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness” (Romans 3:13-14). This is why we need a Lord and Savior to save us from our own selfish destruction. We should choose to be at peace with God by surrendering our lives to Him. “They don’t know where to find peace.” “They have no fear of God at all” (Romans 3:17-18).