Broken and Mended Relationship With God

by SomeGirl on April 8, 2011 · 3 comments

I am so glad my sweet friend, Alicia from Confessions of a Snowflake, has so kindly agreed to lead us through the book of Isaiah on our journey from Christmas to Easter… I know you will be blessed by her words and God’s Word! I LOVE Alicia and the book of Isaiah both very much! ♥ Follow along with her by reading Isaiah on your own during the week. :)

Alicia is married to her best friend and together they homeschool their 13 year old son. She also works part-time for her family business & is extremely involved in her homeschool group. All of this leaves her more than a little flaky. So join her at Confessions of a Snowflake, as she shares life, from one snowflake to another.

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Broken and Mended Relationship With God

Isaiah begins with God’s judgment against the people of Israel.

Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Isaiah 1:4

They had forgotten their first love. They had turned their backs on the One who had led them out of Egypt and established them as a great nation. They had turned to false gods. They worshipped idols. They did evil in the sight of the Lord.

It’s easy for us as 21st Century Christians to look down on those Israelites. We think we are removed from their sins. But are we really?

Maybe our sins aren’t quite as obvious as the sins of the Israelites. But they are still there.

How many times have we put our wants and desires above spending time with our Heavenly Father? What do we watch on TV or listen to on the radio that doesn’t line up with God’s word? What secret attitudes have we hidden from the world that God sees?

The truth is Paul says in Romans chapter 3 that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. This means you and me, my friend. We may be removed by years and place from the time of the ancient Israelites, but the truth is our hearts are still the same. And sin is still sin.

Why does it matter?

Why is sin such a big deal?

Sin has a price.

It separates us from God.

A holy God cannot be in relationship with an unholy people. Habakkuk 1:13a says, “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.” And He cannot tolerate sin in us.

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2

Sin was the problem with the Israelites. And sin is our problem today.

But as much as the book of Isaiah is about sin and judgment, it is also about salvation and hope.

God knew we could never be holy on our own. That’s why He sent Jesus.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Isaiah 9:6

When Jesus died on the cross, our sins died with Him. He shattered the yoke of sin that burdens us. We don’t have to be a slave to our sin. It means that our sin can be forgiven.

It also means that we can have a relationship with a holy God, which was God’s point in the beginning. Relationship was the reason we were created. It’s part of the reason God was so upset with the Israelites. By breaking His law, they had broken their relationship with Him.

A broken relationship with God is a scary thing. It leaves us without hope and purpose. My friends, you don’t have to be there today. It’s easy to restore that relationship. All you have to do is confess your sins, let them go and declare His faithfulness.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

I invite you to ask Him today. Ask your Heavenly Father for forgiveness from the sin that so easily entangles. Ask Him to cleanse your heart and your soul. Ask Him to purify you from all unrighteousness.

He is waiting. He wants to have relationship with you more than you will ever know. He made you and He loves you. May you feel that love to the very depths of your soul.

{ 3 comments }

Charity

What a wonderful post. You did an amazing job of presenting the gospel!!! I will be sharing this one via facebook!

Heather

This is so well done!

Shell

Beautiful! Thank you.

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