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"Out of Sight, Out of Mind"

July 26, 2003

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You will…hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)

People who spend their holiday or vacation near the sea have a marvelous opportunity to meditate on its importance in the life of mankind.

One aspect of ocean knowledge that may require more study as nuclear power is being harnessed is man’s use of the sea for the disposal of nuclear waste. Some scientists believe that this deadly waste should be “buried in basalt beneath the bed of the Pacific Ocean.”

How is it with man’s sin – with that spiritually destructive force so active in our world – can it be buried and put away so that it can no longer hurt us and cause the death of the soul? Yes, for the prophet Micah declares, “You will…hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”

God can cast our sins into the deep sea of eternal oblivion because He has cast them onto His Son. That beloved Son, Jesus Christ, was the Sinbearer for the whole world. He, the Lamb of God, takes away the world’s sin, including ours.

About this there can be no doubt: If we repent of our sins, look to Jesus for forgiveness, and intend every day to walk in “newness of life,” God will take all of our sins and put them forever out of sight and out of mind. So, if you are spending some time near the sea, think of this and rejoice.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your redeeming love which is higher than the heavens and deeper than the depths of the sea, lasting to eternity. Amen.

(Taken from “Our Journey With Jesus” (out of print), copyright 1976, International Lutheran Laymen’s League.)

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 96-98    Acts 17:1-15

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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