Over the weekend I took a trip to visit a good friend of mine in Charleston, SC. On my plane ride back to Kentucky, I was reading a passage from the book “Gospel” by J.D. Greear (by the way, this is an ahh-mazing book. I highly recommend. It’s so great that if you tell me you wanna read it, I will buy it for you and send it. Seriously, it’s that good.). The passage went into some detail about Psalm 103:10-12 “he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Every time I read these verses, I am taken aback. Seriously. The “he” in the passage is the Lord. So the Lord does not treat us as our sins deserve. Have you ever thought about what your sins deserve? In writing this post, I thought about what my sins deserved. The Bible is very clear about what my sins deserve in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Emphasis added). I know, that might make some of you uncomfortable to read. You might be thinking, “well, I’ve never done anything that really deserves death.” The Bible deals with you too. Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Emphasis added).
So back to the passage in Psalm 103. God does not treat me as my sins deserve (because they deserve death!). So if He doesn’t treat me as I deserve to be treated, how does He treat me? Well, in exchange for the death I deserve, He gives me eternal life. Wait…what? Why would he do that? Why would anyone do that? The answer is LOVE! Psalm 103:11 goes into detail about how much He loves us. “As high as the heavens are above the earth” Ok, so that sounds great and all, high as the heavens, yada, yada, yada (to all of my Seinfeld fans…a lot can happen in the yada, yada). But really, think about it. As high as the heavens. If we could measure the distance of the heavens from the earth we could get some idea of the magnitude of His love. But we can’t. We can’t even determine the size of the universe we live in. So here I am on a plane, pretty stinkin’ high in the sky, and that still isn’t even close to the measure of God’s love for me.
God goes a step further to demonstrate how much He loves us. In verse 12 He says, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Think about the reality of that. East and west do not meet. He has removed our sins from his sight forever as a display of miraculous love. Our sins and our failures have not, and can never again, separate us from Him.
So, you might be wondering why I’m sharing all of this with you. First, if you are not a believer I want to share with you His miraculous love. Love that we cannot even comprehend because it is a supernatural love. I want you to experience this kind of love and acceptance. If you are a believer, then I want to remind of you the love and acceptance given to you by God through His son. To quote J.D. Greear:
“We have been credited, once and for all, the righteousness of Jesus Christ. He has said to us in Christ, [You are My beloved child. In you I am well pleased…I will never leave you or forsake you, and surely goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life. You will dwell in My house forever.]” (Matt. 17:5; Heb. 13:5; Ps 23:6, author paraphrase)
I hope that these words provide you the peace and comfort that comes with God’s love and acceptance of you.
And just for fun…I’m leaving you with a few pictures from our day trip to Savannah. It is a beautiful city! I apologize for all of the solo pics. Brit and I were on a honeymoon trip (you know, because honeymooners have to either stop and ask random strangers to take their picture or they just take solo pictures).