How Far?

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 (NAS)

Imagine:  You board an airplane in New York City and head west toward Los Angeles, then on westward to Japan, fly right over China, Afghanistan, the Mediterranean, then over Portugal, the Atlantic Ocean, and voilà! You’re back in New York City. You have circled the earth (apparently in a plane with an enormous fuel supply), and not once have you changed direction. You are continually going west.

So what does all this geography talk have to do with God? Quite simply, west is never east and east is never west. This imagery is an awesome picture of what God does with your sin through the blood of Christ. When you confess your sin and He removes your transgressions “as far as the east is from the west,” they’re never yours again. You won’t run into them nor will they catch up with you. No need to feel guilty or to continually remind God of your past sins. Just know that He has removed them from you—infinitely far away from you.

As far as the east is from the west. Imagine that!

Father, thank you for so completely removing my transgressions from me. Thank you that they are never mine again, that because of your forgiveness I am free. Amen.

Janice Powell 2013


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