Let’s flip this coin and watch both sides as it turns in the air, shall we? There is a negative aspect we can pull from this word, but there is also something very beautiful. Separation.
As I sat alone this morning—longing for the dam to burst as I sought the Lord—I found myself struggling to find His nearness. I read the Word and asked for Him to search me, to show me what was separating me from Him. Soon I felt in my spirit what had built the wall. If you don’t want the Lord to reveal something wrong, don’t ask Him.
Now I could tell you what He revealed about me—transparency helps me a lot of the time—but I don’t feel led to this morning. I will say that it was something I saw as completely harmless. Something that in itself was not sin. However, I had allowed it to climb up the ladder of priorities when it came to my time. I just have to praise the sweet and gentle Holy Spirit this morning…He did not beat me with a sledgehammer, but with a gentle whisper. As soon as I acknowledged and repented, I felt a crack in the dam.
Nothing can separate us from His love, but sin will separate us from His Presence. I have heard it said that the true horror of hell is the eternal separation from God. I believe it. To feel distant from Him is excruciating.
As the coin turns over, I have to acknowledge the greatness of the word’s alter ego. Rather than living
separated from the Lord, let us strive to live separated unto Him. Set apart, consecrated, completely His. Rather than building a wall between our hearts and His, let us strive to live in His shadow…building a protective barrier between our hearts and what would drag us from His side.
“Come out from them and be separate, says the LORD.”
Father, I don’t want anything come between us. Thank You for showing me how easily something can creep in to drive a wedge. Help us to guard our hearts, O God, and be set apart unto You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 6:17