Where the Problem Lies: Sept 9-13 BRD

God must not care. God does not love me anymore. I must no longer be saved. The Bible must not be true. Christianity does not really work. God has left me. God must not be able to bear my burdens. God must not be a good, loving God. There is no God. All of these conclusions are of course false, but are often entertained and sadly, embraced as reality by some. In our own self-centered, fallen, sinful thinking, we lay the blame at someone else’s feet, just as our first parents, Adam and Eve. If God is real, loving, and powerful, then we should be able to pursue the life that we desire while enjoying blessing, comfort, and security from God. Right? The life we are inclined to pursue is a self-centered life where everyone and everything revolves around us. We are all idolaters at heart and the idol we most often prostrate before is “self.” God will not share His glory with another, tolerate idolatry, or share quarters with sin. While we are enjoying our sin, God withdraws His presence. Sin has its way and our lives begin to crumble. Who do we blame first? Ourselves? Our sin? No. We blame God. But hear the Scripture. Isaiah 59:1-2 “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.” The problem lies with us, not with God. The answer is repentance, not pointing the finger. The problem is our sin, not a deficiency in the infinitely wise and holy God of the Universe. Turn from sin and find God!