“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
Meet my West Highland terrier Bonnie – my constant companion who gives me joy – most of the time. She has a sweet compliant nature; however, she has one very bad habit – a penchant for fox’s poo. As we wander on our daily walks, she runs off into the meadow and sure enough she finds some of this foul-smelling excrement. Down goes her head and over she goes, rolling in ecstasy over her discovery. As I haul her back to the car I know I will have to drive with all the windows open. We arrive home and speedily I reach for the dog shampoo and towels.
As the miscreant meekly stands submerged in suds, she looks at me with doleful eyes – saying sorry as best she can. It’s at this point I think of the spiritual state I was in when God called me. I try to fool myself that I wasn’t such a bad person, but the prophet Isaiah puts it plainly: ‘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 NIV). Even my good deeds, few though they were and are, appear as filthy rags.
It takes the blood of God Himself to wash me clean, He forgives me and restores me. As I glance down to the snowy white, sweet smelling canine snuggled at my feet, I reflect on what Jesus Christ has done for me and continues to do for me. One day I will be permanently ‘clean’ and free from sin. By God’s infinite grace, the whole world will be cleansed from sin. As we read in Revelation 7:9, ‘After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;…’ (Rev 7:9 KJV).
Till then we strive for the purity of God in our thoughts and deeds – avoiding as best we can the fox’s poo of life.
Merciful God – You gave us your all – Your precious Son, that we might be forgiven and washed clean in His blood. We, Your children, are humbled and broken at the thought of what You have done for us. Thank you, Father. Amen
Study by Irene Wilson
About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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