Devotions By Jan

Water Pressure

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hydro-keris-pic2Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word.”

This guy has the right idea being completely covered so as not to get soaked.  My husband and a friend recently rented a high pressure washer to prepare for painting our patio.  It was quite a production to remove all that filth and peeling paint from the stonework.  What was funny, at least to me as a bystander, was that there was an important piece missing from the equipment.  Both men were immediately drenched!  It was a moment made for video comedy had I been ready!

Our verse for today tells us how to keep clean.  The wisdom found in God’s Word keeps us from getting filthy in the mire of the world’s system and values.  So often, the commands of Scripture are in direct opposition to what is commonly accepted as normal.

The more I neglect the washing of His Word, the more layers of dirt I add to my life.  Soon, the washing of His Word can feel like that water pressure.  Rather than a gentle trickle to remove that daily dust, I find myself needing a hard spray of pressured water.  That conviction of His Word can feel uncomfortable.

I love the example of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples in John 13.  Feet washing was a daily and necessary experience.  If it was neglected, the cleaning would be much more rigorous and uncomfortable.  There would need to be some pressure to remove the caked-on dirt.  Denying our sin can call for the industrial size machines!  God’s loving discipline (Heb. 12:5-7) can feel like that hard spray of water.  How much better to have that gentle, daily cleaning and confession!

Lord, clean me daily with the washing of Your Word.


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