Genesis 9: 13 – I set My bow [rainbow] in the cloud, and it shall be a token or sign of a covenant or solemn pledge between Me and the earth.
We are our own worst enemies at times. We read the word of God yet can’t believe or accept his promises. He forgives our iniquity and shortcomings yet we cannot accept his forgiveness. Or we keep remembering them over and over and not moving from that place or allowing the Holy Spirit to take you to a higher level in your walk with God.
Some of us may have a slightly more ‘colourful’ past than others and causes us to feel that we are not good enough. I remember once someone said Jesus came to redeem the sinners. Does it matter if the sin was ‘big’ or ‘small’? In God’s eyes all sin is just that – sin. Isaiah 43: 18 & 19 reminds us to: 18 Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
What causes us to keep remembering the things God has already forgiven us for? I can’t say for anyone else but I can say for myself – sometimes I look back and think – could you have done a more stupid, reckless immature thing?? I wonder how I could be so faithless that I would take matters into my own hands and not trust God. Need I say that I would have messed things up so much then felt ashamed to go to God and ask for his forgiveness and help? I also believe the shame of what we’ve done when we realise our mistakes keeps us in this place.
Thank God He is so kind and merciful and He is NOT like us, His arms are open wide almost as if waiting for us to run into them. It is my firm belief that God forgives us the moment we sin, and He just waits for us to admit we were wrong and need His help. I think this because God is a consuming fire and it won’t take much for Him to consume us, yet He doesn’t.
Jeremiah 29:11 also tells us how God thinks of us: For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
The Word tells us that God made a promise not just to Noah but to the earth and put a sign in sky to remind the earth that His promises are sure. When you don’t receive or accept God’s forgiveness you set yourself back. Let your past go, God has, and that should be enough for you to let it go yourself and choose to remember nothing but the love God has so freely given to us so that we can live and not die.
May His grace be sufficient now and always, Amen.