How often do you do just that! Spend time quietly. I was reading from Our Daily Bread yesterday and felt the weights of life lift and be swept away. I want to share the devotional with you. It was written by Patricia Rayon and entitled, “Swept Away”.
“When he invented the pencil eraser, British engineer Edward Naime was reaching instead for a piece of bread. Crusts of bread were used then, in 1770, to erase marks on paper. Picking up a piece of latex rubber by mistake, Nairn found it erased his error leaving rubberized “crumbs” easily swept away by hand.
“With us too the worst errors of our lives can be swept away. It’s the Lord – – the Bread of Life – – who cleans them with His own life, promising never to remember our sins. “I even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake,” says Isaiah 4:25, “and remembers your sins no more.”
“This can seem to be a remarkable fix and not deserved. For many, it’s hard to believe our past sins can be swept away by God “like the morning mist.” Does God, who knows everything, forget them so easily?
“That’s exactly what God does when we accept Jesus as our Savior. Choosing to forgive our sins and to “remember them no more”, our heavenly Father frees us to move forward. No longer dragged down by past wrongs, we’re free of debris and cleaned up to serve, now and forever.
“Yes, consequences may remain. But God sweeps sin itself away, inviting us to return to Him for our clean new life. There’s no better way to be swept away.”
Patricia then asks this question? “What things from your past do you have trouble forgetting? Ask God to help you take Him at His word.”
Her prayer for the evening was, “Lord, sweep away my old sins, erasing my past for new life in You. Help me understand the reality of Your forgiveness and live in it joyfully.”
The scripture reading for this date is Isa. 43:25; 44:21-23, with Isa. 44:22 being the one zeroed in on,” I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.” End of devotional.
We do have to remember though that we are always and forever free to make choices. We are NEVER, EVER free to choose the consequences of those choices. We can blame others as much as we wish but always there are consequences to our choices.
But the consequences don’t have to bury us either. We can rise above and move forward when Jesus is at the helm of our lives. Our Heavenly Father guides us as we let go and let Him lead.
During these weeks of preparation for the concert later this month, I have had one motto in mind along the way. “Trust..Lean..Acknowledge……..Those three words equal…HE SHALL.” It is that simple. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” When I have done my part, He will do the rest. The same is true for you, too, my friend.
In His hands and on His road. Marge