The Lord Makes Us Clean
When I opened our dishwasher recently, I wondered what had gone wrong. Instead of seeing sparkling clean dishes, I removed plates and glasses that were covered in a dirty film, they were not clean. I wondered if something was wrong with the water in our area, or if the machine was broken or faulty in some way.
God’s cleansing, unlike that faulty dishwasher, washes away all of our uncleanness and impurities. We see in the book of Ezekiel that God is calling His people back to Himself as Ezekiel shared God’s message of love and forgiveness. The Israelites had rebelled and sinned, turned away from God, as they proclaimed their allegiance to other gods and other nations. The Lord, however, was merciful in welcoming them back to Himself. He did this many times, just like He does that for us. He promised to cleanse them “from all [their] impurities and all [their] idols” (Eze 36:25). As He put His Spirit in them (v. 27), He would bring them to a place of fruitfulness, not famine (v. 30).
As in the days of the prophet Ezekiel, today the Lord welcomes us back to Him if we go astray. When we submit ourselves to His will and His ways, repent of our wrongdoing, He is faithful and just to forgive us and transforms us as He washes us clean from our sins. With the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, He helps us to follow Him day by day.
The feeling of being cleansed and forgiven is like no other. Oh, what a feeling!!! You have been transformed into a new person. If we would come to the Lord each day, we would grow more and more closely into the likeness of Jesus.
The Lord makes us clean.