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When we Walk Away from God

Updated: Jun 29, 2022

In Psalm 139:7 David wrote, “Where can I flee from your presence?” after his adulterous affair with Bathsheba. Maybe David understood this truth about God from Moses’ words in Deuteronomy 30:4. We all are prone to doing heinous or malicious things. Sadly, some people persist on harming others. Yet, in our worst state, we can never go to any place that is unreachable to God. As one Bible scholar wrote, “Unlike most judges today, God never closes the case in his dealings with his people.” As a hymn says, Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.

But our Almighty and All-Powerful Lord God is not a genie in a bottle. We cannot pursue wickedness, cruelty, and other vices and think, ‘God is on my side’ (Deuteronomy 29:19). Our Lord Jesus will intervene on our behalf when we express our regret for our wrong doings and wrong thinking and ask for His forgiveness. When we repent, God is not just wanting us to turn away from our wicked behavior, rather He wants our wholehearted commitment to Him. When we commit ourselves to God, then God will circumcise our heart (verse 6) – that is, God will change us. God’s Holy Spirit will work in us and He will transform us into a new person by changing the way we think (Romans 12:2).

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