by Rafael E. Lara, Worship Ministries Coordinator
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;” – Psalm 45:6 ESV
There was a young man who had grown in love with a young woman. After the normal courting and dating, he proposed and she said yes. During their engagement she was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, two weeks before their wedding, she passed away.
While this reads like a script from a movie, it’s actually a true story. The preacher that was telling the story gave the account of his friend who was the young man.
Several months had gone by since the young woman had passed. The young man (whether preparing for a sermon, or simply wrestling with this) began thinking of the phrase we all know too well; “God hates sin.” We hear this all the time and attempt to live our lives with that reality of a God we want to serve hating the sin we do. But why? So the young man asked God.
“Why do you hate sin?”
He heard God ask him back… “Why do you hate cancer?”
The young man responded, “Because cancer took from me the one person I loved the most.”
God doesn’t hate sin because he’s some mighty puppeteer, sitting on his stoop in heaven, controlling every aspect of our lives… & He doesn’t hate sin just because he’s so “high-and-mighty” that he couldn’t be anywhere near it. No… you’re missing the point.
God hates sin, because He Loves You… and that sin has separated you from Him. Sin took from Him the person He loved most… YOU.
Before sin, God would come to talk, walk and be with Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:8a). But once sin entered the picture, they had to be banished from the garden… removed from His presence. Separated from God.
What are the habits or sins that are separating you from Him? It’s time to stop justifying yourself and be honest. Ask the Lord to search your heart.