Does God turn His face away from Christians?

Well, you know, the great Aaronic blessing
that God gave to the priesthood in Israel, to lay upon Israel, to bless Israel was that
the Lord’s face would shine upon them. And this was an expression of the happy relationship,
the blessed relationship, the positive relationship that would exist between God and His people. And when the people have fallen into sin or
when they have fallen into misery and suffering that they can’t immediately relate to sin,
they had this sense that God was not as near to them as they desired, and it was not so
obvious that God was blessing them as they wanted Him to, and they described that as
God turning His face away from them. And so, we could say it’s almost like an eclipse
of the sun, whereas when God turns His face to us there’s a brightness, but when He turns
His face away, we do experience a kind of darkness and it can be a real spiritual sadness. It can be a time of spiritual distress. It can be because of our sin, but it can also
be just because of the misery of the world in which we live, and it should always be
an occasion to turn us to seek Him and to try to find His face again. The question I’d like your daughter to answer
for me is what exactly is going on in Psalm 39 where near the end the psalmist says, “Oh
Lord, turn your face away from me that I may be glad again.” And that’s so intriguing. I’ve tried to preach that text a number of
times. I can’t quite figure it out. What seems to be happening there is the psalmist
seems to be saying, “Sometimes Lord, You’re so close to me that I can hardly breathe. Give me a little space.” And I don’t know whether the psalmist is saying
that out of faith or out of sin. It’s a very remarkable passage, I think. But it shows that, ideally, we want to be
close to God. We want to have a strong sense of the presence
of God, but the presence of God can be overwhelming at times and that’s one of the things I love
about the Psalms. It gives us words in many different circumstances
of life. When we’re really, when we’re really down
and feel God is away from us, we have Psalm 88. In times of great joy and celebration, we
have any number of Psalms. That’s why we really need to know the Psalms,
so we know the right one to use in the various experiences of life.


  1. There can be a time when The Holy Spirit departs from an individual for continued sin. Hebrews Chapter 6

  2. Jesus Said.."To Seek Him and HIS Righteousness.". When we seek men etc. We Turn our Face Away From Jesus.

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