Saturday, August 24, 2002

Edifier du jour-Micah 7:18-19 (NASB)
18 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love. 19 He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.
There was a Wayne Watson song a few years back which had the punchline "It's not that I don't remember, it more that I choose to forget." Psalm 103:12 comes to mind "As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us." If I may make a modern-day metaphor, God has a soft spot for us and gets our sin out of His house faster than a bag of fly-catching garbage. He then flips that bag of sin into the garbage truck (not the dumpster, for we can go out and take back that Lamar Alexander's Little Plaid Book {somebody threw that one in our dumpster the other day} and other detritus) to be hauled off to the landfill. The mistake many of us make is forgiving but not quite forgetting. It often takes a while to forgive ourselves, as our minds keep going out to the dumpster and thumbing through that Little Plaid Book of sins. God is our Sanitary Engineer, hauling off our sins to a place where we can't be thumbing through it anymore. Yes, if there were a lottery ticket that got in the trash, people might try and track down the section of the dump, but God forgot where he stashed the trash. There's a family legend of my sister running after the garbage truck, yelling "Come back with my twash!" No, let the garbage go into the depths.

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