‘Set your heart on God and reach out to him.’ Job 11:13 MSG
Jesus, ‘the Great Physician,’ never covers up an infected sore. He insists it be lanced, drained, cleansed, and given time to heal. Maybe you’ve given birth to a child out of wedlock, or had an abortion, or been in prison, or walked through a bitter divorce. Don’t be discouraged. Jesus is not impressed by our virtues, He’s touched with ‘the feeling of our infirmities’ (Hebrews 4:15 KJV). He understands your struggle. ‘He himself has…been through suffering and temptation, he knows what it is like…and…is wonderfully able to help us’ (Hebrews 2:18 TLB). Maybe you’re wondering if someone with your past problems can be blessed and used by God. Absolutely! The hymn by William Cowper puts it like this: ‘There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.’ The rewards of repentance are awesome! Zophar replies to Job: ‘Prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you. Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear. You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away…Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and…rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help’ (Job 11:13-19 NLT). Whether it’s guilt over something you’ve done, or the pain of something that was done to you – let it go! Today, step into the river of God’s grace and let it flow over you, setting you free.
Bible In A Year: Jer. 46-47, Titus 3