Words from the Heart for Thursday April 9th, 2020
Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.
Psalm 102:1-2 (NIV)
Do Not Hide Your Face
A trucker accused of sneaking 11 people into Canada testified Wednesday he had no idea the refugee seekers were hiding on the other side of a curtain just behind his seat. Paul Ngoue-Ngameleu, one of two people on trial, said he never set eyes on the three Nigerian women and their eight children until a prosecutor on Wednesday showed video of border officers removing them from his truck. “This is the first time I see them,” said the Cameroon native who obtained refugee status in Canada in 2009, said through an interpreter.
You never want God to turn his face from you. It is a common theme in Scripture and is a picture of the ultimate result of our sin. God doesn’t have a physical face, of course. He is Spirit, far from the friendly old man with a white beard that many perceive Him to be. The idea of God turning His face from us is a picture of God’s pure holiness and our sinfulness. We see this principle best on the Cross, when Jesus cries out, quoting Psalm 22. As Jesus bore our sin on the Cross, God turned his face from Jesus. When we are caught in sin, we should all pray the prayer of David in Psalm 102:1-2: “Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” Sin is a separator, but when we call out to the Lord in repentance, we can always be sure that He will turn His face to us and forgive us. He is always a God of the second chance.
These have been words from the heart.