The Mess


“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

The following is from an email sent to me from an unknown author and I thought it was worth sharing.

Gulf Oil Spill Update 24May2010
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Have you ever had a mess in your life that reminds you of the current BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico? You know…

1. It blew up when you didn’t expect it.

2. When it blew up, it really hurt and made a mess.

3. The mess didn’t stop when it blew up. The mess kept coming.

4. The thing that was causing the mess was deep. Too deep.

5. There was a tremendous amount of pressure dealing with it.

6. You had no idea how to fix it.

7. Everyone was giving you advice about what you should do.

8. You tried some of the advice and the mess still kept coming.

9. You really hurt some people with your mess.

10. It wasn’t the people’s fault whom you hurt. It was yours.

11. You tried to blame it on someone or something else.

12. It will take years to fix things.

13. Boy, do you wish you could do it over.

For a believer God does offer do overs’ if we confess our sin. No matter how serious the sin, God is always seeking us out and is willing to forgive our sins and give us a fresh start. He offers to clean up our messes.

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)

But before we we can be offered a do over we must first admit our wrongdoing.The cleansing starts by taking responsibility for the mess in our life and not making excuses for it. By taking responsibility for the mess we acknowledge the need for someone other than ourselves to fix the mess we are in. As long as we point fingers at someone else and blame others for our mess we will never get to the bottom of the problem and find the cure.

Thankfully, God is a forgiving God and by God’s grace, our personal mess can be cleaned up. He is quick to offer forgiveness to those willing to confess their need for His cleansing power.

So next time you find yourself in a mess, cry out to God and He will hear you and clean up the mess you are in.

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