“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.” – Isaiah 59:1 (ESV)
Does it sometimes seem like your requests to God are not heard or perhaps not important enough for His attention? These words from the prophet Isaiah it this verse can help us remember God’s ability to help His followers and His earnest willingness to help them. God gave these words to remind his people in Isaiah’s time that if they did not experience God’s help it was not His fault. In the next few verses we learn that it was the sin that caused God to not hear from them. God wants us to know that The Lord’s strength is more than adequate to bring deliverance but we must confess our sin that separates us from God. This is a universal truth applying to all people. God can help and nothing is so separated from God that He cannot reach it and he is able to hear when with a repentant heart we ask for help. Our God is listening and hears our call. His ear is turned in our direction waiting for us to express our prayers to Him. God will intercede for us; He can reach us and give us the help we need.
“Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” – Hebrews 9:28 (ESV)
It’s not over. One day it will be over but in the meantime, we wait with eager expectation. This is what the disciples did not understand at first. Even after Christ rose from the tomb and before He appeared to them , they were closeted in a locked room in fear for their lives. But Christ did appear to his disciples and many others over the next 40 days after His resurrection. On the Mount called Olivet, Jesus promised them that He would send God the Holy Spirit to dwell in them. And, to remind them of all He had taught them. He charged them with their mission to spread the news to all people. Jesus had come from heaven to earth taking the form of a human and lived a perfect life and when He died, our sins, laid on Him, caused God to forsake His Son for a time. Jesus was despised, rejected, pierced, crushed, and killed. We remember, however, that all this was according to God’s plan for us so that we can have eternal life. He left but He is going to come back a second time. That is when it will be over.