Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 26, 2020
My wounds grow foul and fester because of my foolishness. Psalm 38:5 (NRSV)
In my household, I think we may singlehandedly keep Band-Aid in business. Never have I met children so ready and eager to treat their wounds with this seemingly magical cure-all! However, as we grow older, it seems that our eagerness to treat injuries diminishes with each passing year. Something as simple as an annual physical seems to haunt us for months as we look for any legitimate excuse to cancel or postpone the appointment.
We know medicine exists that will free us from the ailments that plague us, yet so often we ignore the symptoms and simply hope for the best, all the while knowing in our heart of hearts that sooner or later we will have to address our health challenges head on.
The parallels between our physical and spiritual health are endless, and our reading today from Psalm 38 reminds us of this central truth. Severe physical wounds are too much for the body to mend on its own, requiring urgent intervention. Left untreated, these wounds will continue to grow. Similarly, in our spiritual lives, the wounds of sin do not go away on their own, neither do they stay neutral when left unattended. No, they grow and fester, and according to the Psalms, we are fools to ignore them!
What wound of sin continues to fester and grow in your life? Where have you pushed past relational trauma or hardened bitterness deep down, hoping it will simply go away, choosing to ignore the way it continues to impact your present life with God and others?
Though we may choose to ignore them for a time, the wounds of sin will eventually become so infected and painful that we are forced to confront them head on. What if you chose today, this very moment, to instead apply the healing remedy of Christ’s mercy and forgiveness? Will it be painful and difficult? Absolutely. Yet it is the only way to health and wholeness. Our Lord longs for you to know the hope of heaven in the life to come and to walk with him in peace and freedom in the present.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).
Father, help us to tend daily to the state of our souls, not letting sins fester and grow, but turning to you for mercy and forgiveness, we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
What wound of sin continues to fester and grow in your life?
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