“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” — Psalm 51:7, NIV
Don’t you find the little things in life so annoying? I certainly do! Just this morning, I found myself searching through the kitchen garbage yet again for an inch-long metal splint the orthopedic doctor had given my son for a broken finger. Thank God she gave us two of them! Frustrated by the chaos of our morning routine, I inadvertently tossed a splint into the trash for the second time, only this time my searching was in vain. I found nothing but nasty garbage – coffee grounds, used dental floss, discarded orange peels, and guinea pig poop! There was no rejoicing at my house over the lost splint that was found.
Don’t you wonder if sometimes God looks into our lives and finds himself rummaging through all the garbage, hoping to find his cherished ones who have been lost? In this world, we are surrounded by so much filth, so many destructive and corrupting influences, that we, too, can get lost in the trash heap. God is never guilty of throwing his beloved ones in the trash. We, ourselves, do that from time to time by dabbling in sin and compromising God’s truths.
Sin is not a little thing. No sins are insignificant or benign, even though we may think ours are harmless. The Bible tells us, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away” (Isaiah 64:6). However, just as the orthopedic doctor gave us two splints for my son’s broken finger, God gives us second chances day after day. “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:23-24).
After digging through the garbage to find the splint, I washed my hands thoroughly to clean away all the filth and germs. Only by washing with soap and water were my hands made clean again. The blood of Jesus, shed for us on an old rugged cross, is God’s provision for the cleansing of our sins. Nothing but the blood of Jesus can make us whole and restore our righteousness, or right standing, with God.
When God comes looking for you, where will he find you today? Standing knee-deep in a trash heap of sin or clothed with garments of salvation and arrayed in a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:11) as his redeemed, beloved child? Step out of the garbage and into his grace. No matter how smelly and dirty you may feel, he is ready to welcome you with open arms and wash you whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7).
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