“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
You know this: For the unbeliever, sin separates and without repentance and a turning to Jesus as the only Way out, all hope is lost of a reunion with God. What God wants to remind you is that sin also can do damage to a believer’s relationship with Him. Salvation cannot be lost once obtained through faith, but God has more to give than merely missing Hell, My Friend. As a bride hopes for more than a ceremony, so God desires more from that initial decision to trust Him. Sin can no longer keep you out of heaven, but it sure can bar the door to a million other blessings.
Is there a sin you cherish at this time in your life, one that in the rush of life you have allowed to go unchecked? It happens to all of us, but now is a great time to bring it to God as the ugly thing it is. That thing has its pleasures but dulls your appetite for God, separates you from spiritual power, healthy relationships, and answered prayers (Psalm 66:18) Sin downplays what you are missing by being in the “far country”(Luke 15:11-13) and offers faulty reasoning as to why you should not return home to your First Love (Revelation 2:4-5)
Do not make it complicated.
Remember above all that no excuse is a match for the power of God to give you strength both to return to Him and to stay with Him. Ask God for it, ask Him to search your heart. He is gentle and always extends open arms and a listening ear. So much of what you have been striving for lies on the other side of repentance. Whatever is in your way is not worth missing the abundance and joy that await.