At this moment when I look outside my window I see a white world covered in snow. There is something magical about it. Yesterday we were driving on a road through a forest. What a beautiful sight to see. The world looks so peaceful and quiet, so different from how it used to be.
Snow is also mentioned in the Bible.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” Isaiah 1:18
What a similarity to the literal sight of snow. While our sins are red as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. You will be as white as snow, unrecognizable, totally different than before. A beautiful sight to see and peaceful.
The Bible states it very clearly: if we confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is our Lord, we will be saved. Jesus carried our sins, took our punishment and raised from the death. IN Him we are a new creation. We are washed whiter than snow.
God doesn’t see you in your old self, but covered in Jesus, white as snow. You are made righteous in Him. It is time we start to see ourselves the same way. But often we dig up our past. Often our minds go back to our wrong decisions, the lies we told, the things we shouldn’t have done. But as long as we are focused on our pasts, we can’t enjoy our present.
As far as the east is from the west
God tells us in His word He put our sins away, as far as east is from the west. They will never meet again. God will not rethink about it and neither should we. It is a trick of the devil to keep our minds occupied, letting us feel guilty and shameful over and over again. But God washed us whiter than snow, He forgave you and me, and He wants to move forward with us.
Casting Crowns wrote a beautiful song about this subject:
Here I am Lord and I’m drowning
In your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don’t want to end up where you found me
And it echoes in my mind
Keeps me awake tonight
I know you’ve cast my sin as far
As the east is from the west
And I stand before you now
As though I’ve never sinned
But today I feel like I’m just one mistake away
From you leaving me this way
Jesus, can you show me just how far the east is from the west?
Cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been
Rising up in me again
In the arms of your mercy I find rest
You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other
I know you’ve washed me white
Turned my darkness into light
I need your peace to get me through
To get me through this night
I can’t live by what I feel
About the truth your word reveals
And I’m not holding onto you
But you’re holding onto me
2019 has just started, there is a whole new year ahead of you. Don’t linger on the past but look ahead, trust Gods word, and stretch out to what’s ahead. God promises us that greater things are yet to come. He has good plans for you, a future filled with hope. He wants to give you beauty for ashes and make you a witness for His kingdom.
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