Isaiah 38:17 “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”
God has a way of driving a point home like no other.
He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for the sins of man. Oh, what a love!, Oh, what mercy! Oh, what grace! Oh, what forgiveness! This alone is cause enough for us to rejoice. But when you dig a bit deeper as to the depth of forgiveness we receive at salvation, your joy and rejoicing would increase fourfold!
First, here in Isaiah, we learn that all of the sins I have committed or ever will commit are already put behind God’s back. You say, what if He turns around? First of all, they would still be behind His back because He said so. Secondly, why would God have need of looking back? He knows what is back there.
Secondly, we see in Micah:
Micah 7:19 “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
The airline pilot came over the loudspeaker to announce that the plane was passing over the lowest point known to man ever measured in the ocean. A preacher on the flight got up out of his seat and began shouting, “Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!” One of the flight attendants asked him what was so worthy of all the excitement. He replied; “Ma’am, we just passed over the point where God buried all of my sin!”
Thirdly, we read in Psalms:
Psalms 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
God says what He means and means what He says. It was not ‘as far as the north is from south’, for that would mean that we could reach the point where my sins have been removed. No, God said, “As far as the east is from the west…” Travel east and you will never reach a point west. Travel west and you will never reach a point east. Infinitely far from each each other – and from us.
Fourthly, God said:
Hebrews 10:16-17 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
When someone hurts us, or wounds us deeply, we may forgive, but, it is difficult to forget. Mark it down; our sins hurt the heart of God. Yet, He made the most loving choice to remember our sins and iniquities no more. God is perfect in His forgetting. There is no creeping in at the edges; no pondering only to push them out of His mind again.
So, here is the sum:
Sins behind His back – check.
Sins in the depths of the sea – check.
Sins as far as the east is from west – check.
Sins remembered no more – check.
First hearing this truth will cause you to rejoice. Remembering it for all eternity will grow an attitude of gratitude that will cause us to praise Him over and over again.
Whenever our enemy decides to come and try to enslave us witht he guilt and shame of our sin, we need to remind ourselves and our enemy just how free we have become from the punishment, the payment and the penalty of sin. We can rebuke the enemy with the truth of sins forgiven.
We can encourage our hearts with this fourfold blessing given to us through salvation. Bought and paid for with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we should praie Him early and often!
Take some time today to meditate on these truths. It will be like God driving a stake of truth deep into your heart that you ARE forgiven because you are loved!