In continuation of the series that we started yesterday on how Not to Provoke God to Anger, here is the second instalment of insight on how to navigate your way away from the fatal path of divine wrath.
Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? – Hebrews 3:17
The second way we can provoke God to great wrath is by continually living in sin without any conscious attempt to stop the sinful indulgence. God is holy and cannot behold sin. So whenever sin comes into the equation, God departs from the scene and waits until the soul of man is conducive, through genuine repentance and turnaround, for His dwelling.
Sin also hinders the move of God anywhere and restrains His hand from doing much for anyone. That is why the Scripture says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2).
That means sin holds back the hand of God, blocks His ears to our prayers, alienates Him from us and screens His face from seeing us. Imagine if an individual receives this treatment from his/her benefactor or a business receives the same treatment from its clients; that may have some long-term negative effect on such individual and spell doom for the business.
As humans, it is almost impossible not to sin or have some habit you are struggling with; God sees them all and is willing to help us overcome such as long as we honestly seek His help. But in a situation where we cite our human frailties as an excuse for habitual indulgence in sins, then we leave little room for God not to give us the cold shoulder treatment because He “is angry with the sinner every day” (Psalm 7:11).
You will succeed in Jesus Name!