“BEHOLD, THE Lord’s hand is not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, 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 will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness.” Isaiah 59:1-3 ->me: God is so good to bring various angles to His word when He is teaching me both new and known concepts of His truth. I started this morning reading the whole next chapter in Isaiah (59) that I am starting for my QT. This whole chapter is dedicated to essentially answering the accusations leveled against God by the Israelites in 58:3-4, which goes…”why have we fasted and you have not seen it?” (see my QTVOTD on ‘It’s all about Motive‘). When we choose a direction, fulfil a desire, or act in any way counter to the Lord’s will and written Truths, WE put a wall between ourselves and the God Who so wants to be with us. The Jews believe the Law can save them but now that Jesus has come and provided the ultimate sacrifice; the Law only serves to make us aware of our sin. We have all met the criteria and description in verse 3…we are doomed…were it not for the saving work of Jesus on the cross. His sacrifice ALONE bore the punishment necessary to clear the sin that sits between the Lord and us. It is because of this that I always try to remember to confess my sin and repent if necessary before praying to my Father in heaven. According to this scripture, before I do this, God cannot hear me and I cannot see His face, His character, or His instruction.