“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Living in coastal North Carolina, it’s a rare occurrence for the temperature to drop and to see white flakes falling from the sky. For that snow to stick and begin to accumulate is even more out of the ordinary.
But, today, when I opened up the blinds and looked out my window, a fresh blanket of pure white powder greeted me. It was a breathtaking sight – one that brought shrieks of joy to my two girls who pleaded insistently to go outside.
We obliged, bundled up and trekked out into the cold for some winter fun. We played with neighborhood friends, did some sledding (with boogie boards in typical beach lover fashion) and, of course, did the obligatory Instagram photo session.
My favorite photo of the bunch was the one of our house blanketed in snow. Our two cars. COVERED. The girl’s sports equipment. COVERED. The trash can. COVERED. All of the yard tools I forgot to bring in. COVERED.
The reason why this photo caught my attention was due to it be a striking reminder of the power of God’s grace. Today’s passage in Isaiah speaks to this point.
The cross took care of the ugly stain sin left on our lives and our hearts. His sacrifice settled the issue of our struggles once and for all.
Our past regrets. COVERED.
Our present missteps. COVERED.
Our future failures. COVERED.
The power of this truth should influence the way we view ourselves. Instead of looking at our lives and focusing on our struggles and shortcomings, we set our eyes on our new identity in Christ and what He says about us.
His grace should be the only thing we see. Rather than trying to cover our shame, we can rest in the reality of it being covered by His love. And that is a thing of beauty.
- What personal struggles do you doubt God has covered and taken care of through His grace? What makes you resist resting in this reality?
God, I stand amazed by Your love. I’m so undeserving of this affection and attention, yet you extend it to me anyway. You’ve made something beautiful out of my mess, and for this, I am forever grateful. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.