November 1, 2010

Really, God?

As I was praising God in prayer this morning, (I do this in a journal, because otherwise I don't know if I'd ever stay focused in prayer!), the phrase as far as the east is from the west, so far have you removed our transgressions came to mind.

Given the depth of my Biblical scholarship, I had to find the word 'east' in the concordance and find the Psalm that had that verse. Hey, at least I knew it was in the Psalms! Thank God for concordances, eh?

Anyway, it's in Psalm 103. Please grab a Bible and read it today for encouragement and to be reminded of how much we have for which to praise God.

Verses 11 and 12 read as follows:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Really, God? That much love and that much forgiveness?!

Yes. Really.

And bear in mind that David wrote this in Old Testament times, before Jesus. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, slow to anger and abounding in love.

That is the God of the Bible, the whole Bible. Fear Him, i.e. honor Him and entrust your life to Him, and you will know love and forgiveness that you never thought possible.

I'm sure that no matter how long I walk with God, I will always need to come back to verses like this. My heart will always tempt me to say, No, it's too good to be true. Really, God?

'Yes, really,' He will say.

Oh how His word keeps us grounded and gives us hope!

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