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I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Amen! The rain comes upon dry land in due season, to refresh life. The blades of young grass spring up, and flowers blossom and spread sweet fragrance, and gladden the earth “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud…return to me, I have redeemed you”. How refreshing these words are. To the sinner’s soul they are like gentle drops of rain upon dry land, upon scotching grass. A heart heavy, a mind burdened with sin and guilt, can all receive relief.
There is a temptation to think that God is a dictator, one of a jealous eye, always searching to punish anyone who breaks His law. Yes-God hates sin but loves the sinner. The devil is willing to make a fatal deception that we are always completely cut off from God’s love when we fall into a single fault. By the beautiful utterance above, our God says much about what He is. These are words of forgiveness, words like those of a parent to his dear child. God is love (1 John 4:8). This love has been manifested to us through His Son Jesus Christ. Do you doubt the love of God? Look at the cross. That is the price Christ paid for your redemption-death, even death on the cross.
“…I have redeemed you”. Everything needed for your redemption has been done. Now partake of your freedom by faith. I have broken your chains. I have set you free. I have set before you an open door that no one can close (revelation 3:8). I have delivered you, you are now my child. This is an affirmation that the mighty hand has gone before us, to enable us have the right to all these privileges. God made the first step. He sought us before we sought Him. He says “ In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ “Return to me, for I have redeemed you”. The same one who inspired the writing of these words invites; “Come unto me… and I will give you rest.”(Matthew 11:28) These words are like precious stones laid in the earth. Now that we have found them, let’s hide this great treasure in our hearts. Moreover Jesus affirms these words when He says. Do not fear little flock, it your Father’s pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
My prayer is that these words will bring healing, hope and strength to your soul. May the Lord bless the work of your hands this day. Amen.