Therefore glorify the Lord in the dawning light,
The name of the Lord God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea. Isaiah 24:15 (NKJV)
I’m hooked on beach running. Sadly, I live in the land-locked (yet beautiful) state of Montana where the nearest ocean is a two-day drive. If I had grown up near the beach, there might have been no moving me to higher ground.
There is just something about the rhythmical crash of waves on the shore, the dodging of the tide as it ascends the beach, the warm sun shining down upon my face, and the joy of miles of sand upon which to run.
A few months ago, I experienced all this as we visited our son in California. Each morning I slipped out of our tent before sunrise to have my quiet time on a bench overlooking the Pacific, praying Isaiah 24:15 (above).
Then donning my running shoes, I jogged down to the beach where I ran in the newly-washed sand on the shore, making fresh footprints with each step. When I reached the turn-around point and came back, I witnessed a marvel, most of my footprints had already been washed away! This reminded me of Jesus washing away our sins. Each footprint of doubts and worries and anger and wrong words is washed into the depths of the sea, gone forever!
…You will cast all our sins
Into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19 (NKJV)
And if you are concerned about those sins just floating around, waiting to be washed up onto another beach, find hope in Revelations 21:1 where we learn the entire sea disappears! First, our sins are drowned in the ocean and then the ocean is no more! That’s how complete is our forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Revelation 21:1 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: As you head into a new year, cast your sins of the old year at the feet of Jesus. Confess your failings to Him in prayer, asking Jesus to wash you clean. Claim Jesus’ promise to throw your sins into the depths of the sea. Ask Him to help you every step of the way this new year.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise from the ends of the earth,
You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
You coastlands and you inhabitants of them! Isaiah 42:10 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.