As we march into 2014 there is something I want to remind all of us of that is a game-changer. Listen up, grab a seat, hold onto your soda and turn off your electronic devices.
Here it is.
For some of us 2013 was a less than stellar year. We had more fumbles than follow-thru. We tripped and slipped through much of the year perhaps. In a word – we could have done better, been better, and achieved better.
Okay, enough of that. Now, here’s what I want you to take away.
In the Old Testament, Psalm 103:12, we find some amazing hope.
“As far as the east is from the west, that far has he removed our transgressions from us and he will never throw them back in our faces – ever.”
Now that is a paraphrase but the full and accurate meaning is there as best as I can deliver it.
Our job – yes we have to do one thing. Our job is to bring all of those slips, trips, failures, mistakes, miscues, malicious thoughts, evil inclinations, and dumb flops before God - lay them down at his feet in a figurative way, and simply say ‘Help?”
Those four letters say it all.
I’ve fallen off the wagon.
I’ve done a bad deed or thirteen.
Or anything else you want and need to include in that big pile of stuff.
And when we do look what happens. In one quick motion, the God of the universe comes riding in on a brilliant white steed and sweeps every one of those confessions off the floor and takes them from you.
Where do they go?
I don’t know. All I know is that my God’s promise is “He removes them from us as far as the east is from the west.”
That is one big gap that now is filled with the most amazing grace we could ever want to experience. There is so much grace in that space that we could go swimming.
Imagine that. Your life is set right.
You start again with a clean sheet of paper.
You start with a ledger that begins “In balance”.
How long has it been since you felt “in balance”?
Step up, my friend. Receive your pardon.
The King is ready to hand you one.
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time