I was meditating afresh this morning about the mind-blowing truth that when God looks at me, He doesn’t see my sin. How?! How can that be?
“as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12 MEV)
As I was thinking about this, I was in my usual quiet time spot looking out to sea. When the tide is out there is a wide area of exposed rocks where seagulls feed, children go rock pooling, and foodies harvest seaweed.
When you look at the surface of the sea, or look at flood water (think of those images of flooded towns) you can’t see anything other than the surface. However when you are in it, your experience is different. You know how shallow it is, the bumps and the lumps underneath.
In the shallows, the swirling water catches up the sand and makes the water muddy.
Praise God that His sea of grace covers all our sin – totally and absolutely! He sees only that surface of grace. Everything else is hidden. We need to grasp His perspective of us, rather than our I-know-what’s-under-here attitude because until we do, we are effectively cheapening and dismissing His mighty work of grace – the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ.
There is a song that has grabbed my heart at the moment – “You Make Me Brave” by Bethel Music – the lyrics speaking to the recent change in me and where I am now with Him. The words speak of the waves of God’s love – great music to have on when watching the sea!
There is a line in there that is my closing prayer on today’s meditation:
“So I will let you draw me out beyond the shore into Your Grace”
Holy Spirit, help us to go deeper into You so we can experience life lived in line with the Truth that You see – no sin, no unrighteousness, but sanctified by Grace.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1 MEV)