You can almost smell it in the air. It should have its own season. Yep, it’s back-to-school time. While I don’t have a pony in this race back-to-school, I have perused the supply aisle at least once this summer. Why? For the love of school supplies and the memories they evoke. New pencils & pens, rulers & notebook paper. Love it, love it, love it! Protractors & compasses; not just for geometry. I could make flowers and measure angles & circumferences. Okay, so I wasn’t a math whiz. All those supplies in my well-appointed binder made this organization-loving heart of mine sing.
I possess some perfectionist tendencies that were evident in grade school, making one particular supply a must have. My eraser. It started the year as a clean, pink rubber parallelogram and ended a small, dirty and rounder shadow of its former self. There were other erasers, cuter & fancier ones to be sure but they either smeared the pencil lead over the paper or worked a hole in it. This one was different. It lifted the penciled errors onto itself, leaving dirty rubber shards on my desk. When the task was completed; the shards, the last vestige of my mistakes, were brushed onto the floor and swept away, never to be seen again. To this day I must have a pink eraser.
An encounter with a holy God left me with a bit of a problem. He wasn’t interested in my perfectionist tendencies. He demanded perfection. My failures are many and grievous. Good deeds and sacrifices could cover my them but could never take them away.
Jesus stepped in and, like that eraser took my sin upon Himself. 1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. With that one perfect sacrifice, my sins (like shards) were wiped away; never to be seen again. Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. I still mess up and to this day I find myself in need of a Savior. I’m grateful for this standing offer: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
How About You
Do you long for a clean slate, wishing parts of your past could be erased? Do you hesitate to go to God, fearing your sins long-since-forgiven will be thrown back in your face? Take heart dear friend. Jeremiah 31:34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” The rebellious people of God were given this promise if they would return to Him. It’s there for you as well. So, how about it?
God bless you and keep you,
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