“God’s Relationship with Sin”
On November 7th I had a kids’ worship night. On this night the children learned about what it means to worship the Lord through prayer, games, Bible study, crafts, and the spiritual discipline of scripture memory. I think it is important to understand worship and in doing so understand God and His relationship to sin. A question people should ponder is God’s omnipresence and His relationship to sin. How can God be omnipresent if He cannot be in the presence of sin? If God is present everywhere wouldn’t He be in the presence of sinful beings, especially humans. “Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord (Jeremiah 23:23-24).” God is near and He is far. No man or being can hide himself from God for God is everywhere. Sin does not have this power nor will it ever have this power. How great is God’s power? It is greater than one could ever imagine. When worshiping God we should see that He is all-powerful and that He is with us.
Many look at Habakkuk 1:13 when attempted to understand God’s relationship to sin. Habakkuk 1:13 reads, “You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?” Habakkuk uses this language and describes God of having eyes but John 4:24 says that God is a spiritual being. “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship Him in spirit and truth(John 4:24).” Does this mean that God is restricted to a spiritual being or that people can only see God in a spiritual way? This I am even unsure of but I doubt that God is restricted to anything let alone His own being.
The Bible reveals God’s final relationship with sin and God will extinguish sin from those who love Him. As Revelation 21:1-2 shows God will create a new heaven and a new earth. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more…” From this point forward those who love God will never have to deal with sin again. God will physically separate sin from His believers and His believers will never feel sin again but will worship God for eternity. While you are worshipping God on this earth remember this and know that as a believer you will worship God as a sinless being in Heaven.