Wednesday’s Word

O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou has been displeased; O turn thyself to us again (Psalm 60:1).
The psalmist who penned this Psalm, understood what it was to be separated from God and he understood what separated him from God. Sin, sin in our lives is the factor which separates us from the God who created us, loves us and gives us hope. The penman had been aware of a close relationship with God and now he felt the pain of something keeping him from God. He had know the joy of having God as his shield and defender and now he realized what it meant to be in the world without God. Where once the psalmist had enjoyed love, peace and strength, he not felt emptiness, loneliness and complete vulnerability.
God told Israel and He tells us that He placed life and death before us: choose life. Why would one choose death, when life (eternal life) is available. John recorded: For God so loved the “world” (John 3:16). God loves all, He desires for all to be saved (II Peter 3:9) and He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11).
At present time, many are preparing their young children to go to school for the first time. Very likely many tears will be shed: parent and child alike. Why? Much of it has to do with separation. The parents and children have not been separated, for any given time, thus it hurts when separation comes. As children of God, it hurts and should hurt, when we are separated from God. With God we enjoy: love, security, encouragement, exhortation, strength, guidance, salvation and many other wonderful blessings. But, when we are in sin, we cannot be with God.
Let us understand the horrors of sin and let us realize the beauty of being with God.