Isaiah 55:6 tells us,
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.
This verse has frightening alternate consequences. It speaks of a time when God is discoverable. A time when someone can find the Lord. A time when the Lord will be especially close to an individual. The alternate understanding is that there will be a time when the Lord will not be discoverable. There will be times when the Lord chooses to hide himself from people. A time when God will distant himself from people. We immediately consider the words of our Savior in Matthew 27:46,
My God, My God, why hath thou forsaken me?
Certainly, if the Lord will distance himself from His own Son, He may, at some point, choose to separate himself from others. It behooves us to understand the circumstances surrounding these events. We have to understand the one thing that makes God separate himself from anything. We have to understand God’s relationship with sin.
God cannot be associated with sin. Habakkuk 1:13 reads:
Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, …
Therefore, God cannot be around sin, He has to separate himself from sin, He could never permit sin to live around Him or in His Kingdom. This is why Jesus had to become sin for us, take upon himself the sins of the whole world. God had to find a way, through purity, to confer upon us His sinless purity.
2 Corinthians 5:21 reads:
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
Galatians 3:13 reads:
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree.
There are other verses though that talk about what God will do if we continue to ask Him to leave us alone. If we don’t want God’s salvation, we refuse Jesus’ sacrifice for our sinful hearts, if we deny the testimony of scripture we have to face these verses:
So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.
Just as parents must face the fact that they cannot protect or control every aspect of a child’s life to force them into success, God knows His children have to make their own choices. At one point, He has to step back and let His children come to Him. Where people are amiable to God’s salvation, He is still discoverable. Where they choose their sin over Christ, He may not be found. Choose Him while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.