March 14 | Isaiah 1:18
““Come now, 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 become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, ESV)
Every winter in Central Pennsylvania, we get the white stuff. Sometimes we get a couple of inches, but every once in a while we get a flood of white snow. It’s terrible to drive in, cold outside that drives you inside, and causes terrible car accidents. But if you’re warm inside, it’s beautiful to look at. It glistens as the sun hits it like a shimmering, glittery white robe, untouched by tracks.
Isaiah lived in one of the most wicked times before Israel’s exile to Assyria and Babylon. The people’s sin and wickedness knew no end. They were literally bathed in the crimson and scarlet of idolatry, sacrificing their children to false gods. God called Isaiah to be the prophetic voice everyone ignored to their own peril.
Yet, in the middle of such sin, God called the people to reason with Him. Only He could change their red wickedness to righteousness. A master of imagery, Isaiah describes God’s righteousness He wanted to give to Israel as white, much lighter than they are red wickedness. The scarlet and crimson sin God would change to snow and wool.
Only God can make such a dramatic transformation of your sins. When you fall prey to temptation and your fleshly desires of a past life before Jesus, cry out to Him. He will cover your sin and wash them white as wool and snow.
Action Step: Pray and ask Jesus if you have offended Him with any sin in your life. If so, ask Jesus to wash your sins away and give you a clean white robe of righteousness.
Jesus, I have offended you by my sin, returning to it because of temptation and fleshly desires cleanse me from my unrighteousness and make me clean in You again. Wrap your robe of righteousness around me and help me to not fall prey to wickedness again.