Two cherry laden trees sat untouched half way through my vineyard walk. Every day I would check on their progress. Today the cherries were not only at their peak but some were even rotting on the branches. It seemed the most natural thing to do to help myself to a few hand fulls. The sweet juice dripped all over my fingers, staining them red and purple. Although I was sure the owner would not mind, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I could be caught “red-handed” as technically I had taken something not belonging to me!
Today’s verse explains that we are all red-handed. “Sin had left a crimson stain” on all of our hands as we are all guilty of breaking God’s perfect law. There is no way to remove that stain on our own. But thankfully, one pair of hands are not red but nail-scarred. Because of His amazing grace we are justified or declared righteous through what Christ did on that cross. He sacrificed Himself freely out of love for us and not because we deserved it.
I want clean hands and a pure heart. It is only then that I can enjoy Him, receive blessing and vindication from Him (Ps. 24;3-5). But there is no cleansing without the humility to admit guilt and come clean with the Lord. Rather than hiding my hands behind my back, He invites me to discover grace and forgiveness. He is faithful and just to always forgive and give me a clean start. (I John 1:9)
Thank you Lord, that I can always come clean with You.
(Look familiar? Summer reposing while reposting!)