The Sea of Forgetfulness
By Joyce Sykes On February 7, 2007
Micah 7: 18 & 19 Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Imagine being in the middle of the ocean, directly over the deepest part and casting a chest filled with items that you never want to see again into the salty water. These objects are a constant reminder of an event in your life that only brings sadness and grief. As you fling the case overboard, you watch it sink rapidly out of sight. In your mind you visualize it sinking toward the floor of the ocean slowly slipping out of sight deep inside a crevice, forever hidden from view. The knowledge that men have never been able to dive to these depths reassures your heart; the chest is gone forever.
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We can apply this same picture to the sins in our life. When we miss the mark in our Christian walk; those sins because dead weights in our life that hinder our walk in the Lord. Prayerfully we will quickly see the need to repent and allow the Lord to minister truth, His truth to us. As we seek His forgiveness, our gracious and loving Father will gather those sins and cast them into the depths of the sea. He never brings them up to taunt us or flings them back into our face as a reminder of our failures. He truly is able to forgive and forget.
Many times we fail to let go of the chest. We have an anchor chain attached to this awful burden and drag it up repeatedly. We know in our heads we have forgiveness but as humans we are unable to forgive our self and forget our mistakes. So we constantly drag the case back up to look one more time at the contents and see our glaring faults and failures. Often this cycle repeats over and over in our life.
It is such a joy to know that my God is able to do what I can not. He longs to show mercy and compassion to His children. His forgiveness is unique and eternal, just as His love is unconditional. No matter how bad we mess up He still loves us. He longs for us to cry out and allow His cleansing blood to flow over our hearts restoring us to full fellowship with Him.
Often we must deal with the results of our sins, but through His power and strength we can do it. This is true in King David’s life. He sinned with Bathsheba resulting in an unwanted pregnancy. Trying to cover up his failures, he had her husband Uriah killed. Then the child of this illicit union died. Nothing could change those events. But when David sought the Lord’s forgiveness he soon felt peace deep within. Forgiveness was his and he was still the Lord’s beloved. The Lord had cast his sin into the depths of the sea. The consequences were still there but he knew God’s forgiveness.
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Truly our God is an awesome and all-powerful God. He longs to comfort His children. He shows us daily His love and mercy and lovingly provides His strength to overcome the strongholds in our life that hinder a deeper walk with Him. Today, we can let go of the chains, allowing the chest of past mistakes to sink into the depths of God’s sea of forgetfulness. Praise His matchless Name!