Day 8 of 40 days to Resurrection day
Consider the wonder of how a sinful, dark heart can be washed as white as snow by the blood of Jesus.
Then choose to examine your heart and seek the forgiveness offered by God.
As I anticipate digging out of another record snowfall, my back aches just thinking about it. There is work ahead of us today. I was hoping for an early spring, but I got another proof that winter has not turned loose just yet.
Still, there is a beauty about the snow as I watch it fall, as I look out over the landscape that speaks to me of purity and cleanness. Snow is just so white.
I cannot help but think of King David’s psalm of repentance, his cry for forgiveness:
That I can be forgiven from my sinful ways, from my dark thoughts, from my selfish motives by the blood of the Lamb of God is still amazing grace to me. That God can look upon this imperfect woman and see my heart white as snow because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross brings joy unspeakable and full of glory.
I am forgiven. What a beautiful truth. It is settled because of faith that reaches to the Son of God who gave Himself for me just because of an unfailing, ever-seeking, will-not-let-me-go love.
The exquisiteness of this good news draws me to examine my heart again, to pray with sincerity:
O God, come and search the deepest part of me where no one else can see.
You know the secrets in my heart and you test my thoughts.
You have examined me, and You know everything about me.
Point out anything you find there that makes you sad,
things like unforgiveness, envy, bitterness, hatred, lust, pride. I could go on.
Create in me a brand new, clean heart, O God.
Fill it with clean thoughts and right desires.
Sprinkle me once again with the cleansing blood of Jesus.
Wash away the stains of sin and I shall be whiter than snow.
(taken from selected Scriptures)
Listen and worship.
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