“He will again have compassion on us; he will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19 CSB
I like the image in this verse from Micah. It tells us that God loves us and that He will totally defeat our iniquities which is another word for our sins. When we tell God our sin and ask for forgiveness, God forgives, and He also vanquishes (totally defeats in battle) our sins. He then throws them into the deepest parts of the sea. Our sins are gone!
But sometimes, we, as humans, are not so sure about God’s promises. We all (adults too!) have a hard time believing that our sins are really gone. Because we remember our sin, we think that God must, too. And so, we “fish” that sin back out from the deepest part of the sea and think about it and feel bad about it all over again. And even ask God to forgive us again.
One of the hardest things for all of us to do is to forget our past sins, our iniquities. But once we have received God’s forgiveness, He casts our sins aside into the depths of the sea forever. Our sins are gone! Forever.
This week, I want you to trust that when you have asked God for forgiveness for something you did, that God is quick to forgive, quick to vanquish your sin, quick to cast your sin into the deepest sea, and quick to forget it. God only sees you as forgiven. He no longer sees the sin. Our sins are gone to the depths of the sea!
Blessings and joy as our sins are gone!
Some fun facts about the deepest part of the sea and the tallest mountain on earth.
The deepest part of the ocean is called the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. It is almost 7 miles down from the sea’s surface. That’s a long way down! Most swimmers, without any gear, can only go about 20 feet below the surface before they come back up. Also, the deeper you go the more pressure your body feels. There is one fish that lives in the Challenger Deep and that is the Mariana snailfish.
The tallest mountain on earth, Mt. Everest is only about five and a half miles tall measured from the sea’s surface.