READ Proverbs 20:5-11
“Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?
- Proverbs 20:9
I’m extremely lazy when it comes to cleaning our downstairs shower. Rather than scrubbing it with a brush and cleanser, I turn on the fan, pour pure bleach in all the nooks and crannies along the edge of the tub, close the door, and then come back fifteen or twenty minutes later to rinse everything off. By the time I return, any unwanted stains have miraculously vanished. (The only downside is that the bathroom reeks for a few days.)
While taking a shower the day after a cleaning, I was struck by how shiny the bathroom drain was. The bleach sprinkled along the sides of the tub had flowed down to the drain and removed the grime. I hadn’t even realized it was dirty.
Likewise, if we fail to read the Bible consistently, our minds may become spiritually dirty, without us even realizing it. The world, under the control of Satan (1 John 5:19), creeps in little by little, and fills us with notions contrary to God’s Word, eventually making us wonder how we drifted so far off track.
While a shower can cleanse us on the outside, only God’s Word can cleanse us on the inside. Let’s strive for a daily sprinkling of His truth to convict us of sin, quicken us to repent and confess, and sanitize us from the filth of unrighteousness, restoring us into right fellowship with him (1 John 1:9).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Man’s bleach cleanses the outside, but God’s bleach—the Bible—cleanses the inside.
Prayer: "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." (Psalm 119:11 NIV)
Rick Stockwell (Connecticut)
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