As Far as the East is from the West

It’s a powerful thing to completely remove something- eternally, as if it never existed at all. Have you ever thought about the power of erasing something? Think about it- something etched into something that exists and you have the power to obliterate it from existence by the click of a button or the stroke of an eraser or by placing it into a fire. It could even include erasing someone from your life by “un-friending” them on social networks or cleaning out a photo album to clear out all remnants of some person or memory. It could even be practical steps to erasing a part of yourself so as you succumb to the progression that accompanies maturing and growing older. You have the power to delete things permanently from all eyes or ears for eternity… Think about how frustrated you can get with something… Are you able to do anything about it? Sometimes you cannot or do not have that opportunity, but there are some things that we can take into our own hands, which I think we should take that responsibility and opportunity for rejuvenation and reinvention.

Taking it all away- eternally. Isn’t that what God does with our sin?

“As far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

-Psalm 103:12

When we do this “clean up” in our mind, heart, and soul, it creates room for something new.  Think of this as pruning. God is constantly pruning and shaping us throughout our lives, and we can ask him to assist us in pruning our own lives. (Read John 15:1-17 to explore God’s pruning process and read Psalm 51 & 139 to witness how to ask God for this change.) Pruning, whether we are doing it to ourselves or if it’s from God, typically is not pleasant. But take heart, it is well worth it.

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,

and give thanks to his holy name.

For his anger is but for a moment,

and his favor is for a lifetime.

Weeping may tarry for the night,

but joy comes with the morning.

-Psalm 30:4-5

Let Jesus into your heart. He will help you remove all the junk that is cluttering your life, your heart, mind, and soul.  He will give you peace and rest. He will give you a fresh start. Lean on him, invite him in, ask him to remove your sin, to want to want to change (not a typo), to have the strength to take the necessary steps for change and growth.

“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.”

-Isaiah 18:6

Take some time today- right now- to think about how your life, mind, and heart are cluttered. Loving Jesus is simple (not easy- not free of struggle, but is basic and clear about what it is to be a follower of Jesus Christ- Luke 9:23-24). Evaluate who you are, who God is, what he asks of you, and how your life responds to his Word.

Here’s a song that may inspire you as you reflect:

“Take a Moment” by Will Reagan and the United Pursuit Band


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