Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Casting Our Sins in the Sea

Title:  Casting Our Sins in the Sea

Reading for September 22:  Micah 5-7

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
    and passing over transgression
    for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
    because he delights in steadfast love.
He will again have compassion on us;
    he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
    into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
    and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
    from the days of old.
Micah 7:18-20

In 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. It was feared at the time that this unprecedented spill would spread oil all along the gulf coast and beyond. Some even suggested that that currents could possibly send it around the tip of Florida and up the East Coast.

As it turned out, these dire predictions did not come to fruition. When tourists finally came back to the beaches they discovered that the water was clear and the beaches were clean. Where did all that oil go?

Most of it went to the bottom of the ocean. You see, as massive as that oil spill was in volume, the volume of water in the Gulf of Mexico is pretty large. How large? How about 643,000,000,000,000,000 gallons! That's 643 quadrillion!

So, here's something to think about... As deadly and destructive as the Deep Water Horizon oil spill was, our sins are much more deadly and destructive. But as great as our sins are, when we cast them into the sea of God's love and grace those sins are nowhere to be found!

Father, who is a God like you, pardoning our iniquities and passing over our transgressions? Help us to never take your love for granted! Accept our thanks and praise for your incomprehensible grace!