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Isaiah 59:1-2 See, the Lord’s hand is not too short to save, nor his ear to dull to hear. Rather, your iniquities have been barriers between you and God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
It seems to be humankind’s characteristic to seek the causes our failures outside of ourselves. Adam blamed Eve.
Even in religious practice it is common to charge God with our misfortunes. Why did God do it? Why did God not do it? Ancient nations would charge their gods with weakness when the desired response or protection was not forthcoming.
Even Israel spoke thus, and God replied that God’s strength was not insufficient to the need. The situation in the nation was not beyond God.
The shortcoming is the people’s. Their own sins are what hinder prosperity. Their own transgressions have risen up as partitions so that they cannot see God. It was their reach that was shortened, not God’s.
The need is for self-examination and humility before God. If our religion seems to fail us, we must seek the explanation in ourselves and not upbraid God for it.
MOVING FORWARD: What is your favorite method of prayer? Use it with wild abandon today.
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