Isaiah 1:18 (NET)
Come, let’s consider your options, says the Lord. Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow; though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet, you can become white like wool.
When Adam and Eve sinned against God in the garden of Eden, God who is all knowing still came to visit them in the cool of the day, but they were the ones running away from Him.
God called to them, but they were the ones who did not want to show up (see Gen 3:8-10).
This has been the story of fallen man from the beginning. We get ourselves dirty and instead of running towards God who alone can cleanse us, we run away from Him because of the condemnation in our hearts.
If they sin, many believers believe that God is angry with them and does not want to have anything to do with them because of their sins. Instead of coming to God for cleansing, they run away from Him and only become dirtier as a result.
In today’s Bible verse, we see that it is the Lord that is calling sinners to come to Him, He’s not asking them to run away from Him. He wants sinners to come to Him because He is the only one that can cleanse us of our sins.
Go into today remembering that even when our consciences condemn us, God is greater than our consciences and He wants to cleanse and restore us, not condemn us (see 1 John 3:20-22).
Those that run to Him are the ones who will be washed and restored. This was the secret David understood that Saul did not.
Prayer: Lord, deliver me from the latent pride that makes me run away from you instead of running to you for cleansing and restoration. Help me to understand that my justification before you is because of my faith in Christ(Romans 5:1), and I am accepted in the beloved(Ephesians 1:6).
-Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi
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