Devotions from Judy’s heart

The other day I went down to the cabin to vacuum it, as Kurt and his friends are coming one last time for this year. I noticed the second-hand vacuum was in bad shape as the bag was duct taped and sagging etc. When I turned it on and tried to vacuum, it wouldn’t pick up a thing…not even the sand granules!  It was worthless. The next day I took the “downstairs vacuum” from our house, and brought it to the cabin and tried again. It picked up everything like a charm. I thought of what we do with our sin… we can try to rationalize it away or confess to someone else for some temporary relief, but it still remains. We didn’t get rid of it. We need the Lord’s forgiveness for only He has the power to take away our sins completely. Why do we settle for “old lousy ways” that don’t work, when He does a complete job? He has promised in Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our sins from us.” He does this because as it says in the preceding verse, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.”   Let us confess our sins to Him for He is faithful and will forgive and cleanse us, and make us new. ( I John 1:9)