As Far as the East is from the West

Recently while sitting on my deck early one morning, I was blessed to look up and see a full rainbow. After spending time thanking God for His promises and His faithfulness, I moved to my front porch because it started to rain. (The porch is covered; the deck is not.)

The view from my front porch was the sun rising over the clouds on the horizon. God’s magnificence shone brightly, and I was in awe of His majestic glory.

Within 30 minutes time, God took me from thankfulness of His promises and faithfulness to awe over his glory and majesty. God reminded me once again of His goodness and mercy in my life, and I found myself in a place of wonder all over again at His sacrifice of Jesus for me.

As His presence that morning moved from looking to a rainbow in the western sky to the sunrise in the eastern sky, I was reminded of Psalm 103:12 where it says God has removed my sins from me as far as the east is from the west.

Wow! That means, once we’re forgiven, we can’t reach our sins. We may still live in their consequences or allow our guilt to fog our vision, but that’s us remembering them. God chooses to forget!

Can’t quite grasp that concept? Me either. That’s why we need faith. He’s God. We’re not. His ways are not our ways. We remember our sins and the sins of others even after they’re forgiven. He doesn’t.

Take a minute to read Psalm 103 in its entirety. Like David, we can live in deliberate thankfulness for the ways of God, knowing that He is compassionate, loving, kind, righteous and strong. We can be thankful that He rules over all even if we don’t even come close to understanding Him.

DISCUSSION: How does nature remind you of the presence and goodness of God?

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