Grace For The Journey
Today is the second installment of encouragement from the Scriptures relating to sin in the life of the Christian. Yesterday we saw that God has removed our sin as far as the east is from the west. Today we will see some supernatural HOLY HURLING!
Have you ever been in a boat out on the water and had something fall overboard? I watched a boat motor sink out of sight one day … it was a horrible feeling! Fortunately we had just come into dock and we able to retrieve it! Well, today God has a word of unimaginable comfort as it relates to our sin and His forgiveness.
The Bible declares in Micah 7:19, “You (God) will tread our sins underfoot and hurl our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”
Unlike something that “falls” overboard, to “hurl” something is to do it intentionally. Because of the work of Christ on the cross, God has hurled our sins into the depths of the sea, never to be seen again. Imagine what that really means! Our sins are gone forever and ever and ever. God’s forgiveness of our sins is as complete as it is irreversible. Once forgiven . . . always forgiven!
Even SpongeBob may not be able to tell us precisely where the bottom of the ocean is. It is an irony that we know more about the surface of the moon than we know about Earth’s ocean floor. 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by water. Very little or no light penetrates beyond a few hundred feet in water. Besides, trillions of pounds of water make the pressure extremely heavy at the bottom of oceans, causing scientific instruments sent below to be crushed. Studies over the last couple of centuries have however given us clues that mountain ranges and valleys far higher and deeper than even Mt Everest can be found at the bottom of the ocean.
Today the deepest ocean discovered is in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean in the Mariana Trench. The Challenger Deep has been established as the deepest point in that trench and is 6 1/2 miles deep! Compare that with Mt Everest which is 5.49 miles tall. As technology becomes more sophisticated, there may yet be another point that is deeper than Challenger Deep. And if so, we are yet to discover it.
God has dealt with our sins through the sinless life and sacrificial death of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. If you have placed your trust in Christ’s atoning work on your behalf, God the Father loves you unconditionally and completely forgives you. He will never punish you for any of your past sins. They are gone, hurled overboard, never to resurface again.
As I wrote in Monday’s blog, if you are being reminded of your past sins – sins that have been removed from you as far as the east is from the west and hurled overboard into the depths of the sea – it is not God who is reminding you. It is Satan, the liar and the accuser of the brethren, who wants you to live looking back instead of looking up.
HOLY HURLING is a Gospel truth that frees us up to advance confidently in the direction God is calling us to go.
This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey … Rest in this eternal truth … AMEN!