with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than
snow." (Ps 51:7)
My Sheltie is mad at me! She came in tonight stinking to high heaven. I have no idea what she had been rolling in, as it's all snow and ice outside right now, but whatever it was, it was potent! And of course, what does she want me to do??? Pet her! She didn't understand that there was no way in this world that I could do that! Just being in the same room with her was nauseating! Poor dog. She didn't understand what she had done wrong, and she certainly didn't understand why she very soon found herself in the bathtub!
Of course, she got all of her petting after her bath, but in general, it is beyond her comprehension to know why she has to be clean in order for me to give her the love (petting, ear scratching) she craves. Funny . . .
Kind of like God, isn't it? When we "stink" of sin, God can't bless us as we wish to be blessed. In fact, the prophet Isaiah tells us that when we "stink" of sin, God can't even hear us -- "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." (Isa 59:2).
Before God can even hear us, He has to to "clean" us up. And sometimes that cleaning process isn't very pleasant. Sometimes it down right hurts! And we grumble, we complain. We accuse God of abandoning us. We cry out to God, begging Him to remove what He sees is just "the cleaning" process. But in reality, God is but preparing us to be blessed all the more! James 1:2-5 -- "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Lord, what is standing between you and I tonight? Is it a false God? Is it dishonesty? Is it immorality? Is it my lack of faith? Whatever it is, Lord, "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." (Ps 51:7)
Love in Christ,