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                “Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.  For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.  None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity” (Isaiah 59:1-5).


            In 1955 Mosie Lister wrote the hymn “Where No One Stands Alone.” She stated, “Once I stood in the night with my head bowed low, In the darkness as black as could be; And my heart felt alone and I cried ‘O Lord, Don’t hide your face from me.’” The saddest conditions a man could find himself in is to face the judgment not having obeyed the gospel of Christ. The Hebrew letter tells us “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). Paul told the brethren at Corinth “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10). In the Hebrew letter we are warned, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

            A sinful life is completely opposite to the character of God. Peter wrote, “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (I Peter 1:15-16). This fact in clearly seen in the way God views sin. The wise man wrote, “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19). Without God, man is left to his own devises. He is without hope of a better and enduring life of joy and peace. Paul wrote concerning the Gentile nations “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:11-13).

            Mosie Lister wrote, “Like a king I may live in a palace so tall, With great riches to call my own; But I don’t know a thing in this whole wide world That’s worse than being alone.” One of the greatest blessings we have is the nearness of God. The psalmist wrote, “Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto Thee do we give thanks: for that Thy name is near Thy wondrous works declare” (Psalm 75:1). Jesus promised to be with His followers as long as this world exists, (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). 

            In the chorus of the hymn Mosie wrote, “Hold my hand all the way, Every hour, every day, From here to the great unknown, Take my hand; Let me stand Where no one stands alone.” In the shepherd psalm we are told that we will never have to be alone. The Lord will take care of His own: The psalmist wrote, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters” (Psalm 23:2). He also provides for spiritual renewal (Psalm 23:3). Even in death the shepherd will be there with His sheep: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

            The hidden things of God are still a mystery to mankind. The Lord has hidden His face from the multitude known as the human race, (Isaiah 59:1-2). The apostle Paul wrote that one day the hidden things will be known. He stated, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known” (I Corinthians 13:12). If we will only put our lives in His hands, He will guide our way to eternity in heaven where we will finally look upon “The Face of the Lord.”  In Proverbs we are told, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

            God will not look upon sin so He offers the sinner escape from the consequence of disobedience. Those who obey Him will one day look upon “The Face of the Lord.” Will you stand before the Judgment Seat feeling lost and alone or will you allow the Lord to be your guide into His heavenly home?