“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
As a kid, I loved fishing and I loved eating fish. I loved fish so much that I would try to eat the fish I caught right off of my hook. I also loved the excitement of fishing and the tug of the line. I would hold on to my pole with great excitement waiting for it to move or be jerked away, and I would slowly pull my line in as I was taught, careful to not pull the hook out of the fish. My dad knew which days the creeks were stocked, and it seemed those days yielded the best opportunities for catching fish. We would time our fishing days accordingly, and come home with plenty of fish to eat.
We sometimes would get to the fishing hole on the off days and catch hardly anything. We would sit for hours only to catch a few fish, and I learned that I really liked catching and not so much fishing. I did not fish for the peace and tranquillity the activity brought, but I fished to fill my belly with Rainbow Trout. I did not like fishing on the off days, even though I enjoyed the time I spent with my dad. My dad enjoyed the peace and tranquillity it seemed, but I am sure I disrupted that with my endless questions and my pursuit of the fish that evaded our hook.
In my restlessness, I would want to move to other waters but my dad would advise against this idea. He had various reasons to not move our spot: the other areas had more shallow water, the water was too rocky, or there were too many swimmers around. He taught me how to find the right fishing hole, and advised me where to cast my line. He knew all of the good spots due to his experience with the area and his keen eye for good fishing spots. As much as he told me of the good fishing spots, he also told me of the places not to fish. It was as if my dad put up the proverbial “No Fishing” sign.
In our Christian life, we sometimes go fishing in places where we ought not to. We fish in the “sea of forgiven sins” (Micah 7:19) as we listen to the devil’s lies he whispers in our ear. Satan tells us of our past and he questions God’s goodness. He likes to reminds of the awful sins we have committed, even though we have already repented and been forgiven. He likes to use our fishing expeditions in this “sea” to discourage us and to get us to question the goodness of God. We forget this promise on just how far he removes our transgressions from us. 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.“ God is faithful to forgive, and He forgives and removes our sins as far as the east is from the west. He does not bring up our sins again, and His forgiveness is full and final.
Where are you today friend? Do you listen to the whispers of the Devil? Does he remind you of your past sins that have been forgiven? Do you going fishing in the sea of forgiven sins? Do you dwell on those past sins that have been forgiven, or are you trusting in the faithfulness of God’s forgiveness? May we put our confidence in God’s forgiveness, and may we not go fishing in the areas that will yield us no fish. God forgives completely, and He remembers our forgiven sins no more.
Stay in the fight!