When I was a little girl and even into adulthood, one of my least favorite jobs was cleaning out my daddy’s ashtray. Yuck! I am 47 years old: Daddy has been gone nine years, but thinking about it still makes me GAG!!! It stunk! It was nasty. It made my head hurt. The Lord has been dealing with me. My heart can be a lot like that dirty ashtray, full of dark, ugly sin. In Luke 11:39, Jesus says, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.” It can be easy to clean up the outside, but the hard work is getting rid of the nasty, smelly black inside created by my selfish sinful desires.
I thank God that He sent His Son to atone for my filthy sins. He did what I cannot do, so with faith as that of a child, I surrender; I trust the One who cleansed me white as snow.
” Come, let us settle this,’ says the Lord.Isaiah 1:18
‘Though your sins are scarlet they will be
as white as snow; though they are
crimson red, they will be like wool. If you
are willing and obedient you will eat the
good things of the land. But if you refuse
and rebel, you will be devoured by the
sword.’ For the mouth of the Lord has
As I study the scriptures to draw near to the Lord, I want to know my Father’s mind. I did a quick Google search and found that wool is a durable fiber that resists wear. It will shed water and regulate body temperature (keeping the body cool and refreshed). Not only is wool mold and mildew resistant, but it resists odor and fire. What have I to fear? Nothing! He has made my sins as white as snow and like wool that has no stench and can resist the fire of Hell. Not because of anything I have done, but because of His righteousness. With His enduring love and compassion, He has saved me from an eternity of Hell that I deserve to live with Him in glory forever and ever!
“For great is your steadfast love toward me, you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.”Psalm 86:3
As chaos ensues around me, I can hold fast and stand firm on His promises. I know full well that He is faithful. He has been merciful to me and shown me His favor time and time again. He has called me friend. (John 15:15) He is my peace. (Isaiah 53:5) I praise Him for I am fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14) Hallelujah!