God’s Deafness & Our Blindness

The first two verses from the 59th chapter of Isaiah the prophet reveal something awful and powerful. They say, “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.”
It is both interesting and telling that these verses (1-2) speak of a dual, negative impact which not only affects us but God as well. We become blind to the point that we cannot see Him. He still sees us, but His face has been hidden from us and we have trouble finding or recognizing Him. And God no longer hears our prayers and petitions. This puts a horrible, frightening and almost irreparable strain or breach on our relationship. What has caused it? Sin. Disobedience. Rebellion. Desiring more to have “control” over our own lives.
Verse one implies that we pray to our Creator but that we don’t receive our reply. We are then tempted to think that He cannot do what we ask of Him, but scripture plainly explains that it is not the Father’s lack of ability or resources (His “hand is not shortened”), nor is He hard of hearing (“or His ear dull”). It is our iniquity which causes us to be unable to see Him, and makes Him unable and unwilling to hear us.
When I read this, my first question was: Then how does one in this awful situation ever get the Lord’s attention back, especially when thinking of turning? First of all, one doesn’t have to be trapped in disobedience. We can choose to begin to be obedient and submissive, and the grace of God is more than able and willing to aid us in this! But the Lord knows the heart of man and his every thought, as well as the intentions behind them. It is the love and mercy of the Father that enables the sight to be restored. God was never truly deaf, but it was His decision to “turn a deaf ear” to us in response to our repeated transgressions. Jehovah is long-suffering and patient beyond measure, but there is a limit. Our hope in this situation is when God tells us that, ultimately, “mercy is better than judgment” (James 2:13b) and “God may perhaps grant (us) repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:25).
Just as Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith,” herein lies the answer. Don’t be deceived or mistaken. It is 99.9% grace and 0.1% faith. It’s all about grace! But there IS a response on our part. This is not a “work,” but it is God’s requirement of us out of the freedom with which we were created. Get your sight back today while you still can. Make use of the salve that is Jesus Christ. He is the Door you must walk through; the only One provided.

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