Sometimes it is hard to see the forest because of the trees. We become so steeped in the details and concerns of our lives, things which oftentimes harden us, that we can drift away from what is important. The problem is we do not perceive the drift. Like swimming a ways out from an ocean beach, then looking up and realizing you are 100 yards down shore from where you started. The current, not perceptible at any given moment, has a strong effect on where one ends up. Sin is the same. We seek God, ask Him to hear our prayers and wonder why He sometimes seems so far off. He has not moved but we have drifted away. That problem needs to be rectified before we can again draw close to God. Isaiah says, “your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God. And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear (verse 2).” “Therefore justice is far from us and righteousness does not overtake us, we hope for light but behold darkness (verse 9).” How do we come to the point where we perceive the problem and respond to it? “A redeemer will come to those who turn from transgression (verse 20).” Turning from transgression opens the door for the redeemer to work newness of life inside us.