“These people that I’ve saved will start out with a clean slate.” Jeremiah 50:20
My husband is considered an electronic genius among his peers in Sun City (and his grandsons). He keeps his computer engineering skills active by writing programs and repairing computers. A most frequent comment he gets is, “I’ve screwed this computer up so badly it probably is ready for the junk pile.” I don’t think Glen has declared a computer dead more than a few times. After saving the user’s data, he does everything he can to save the computer, including reinstalling the operating system to give the computer a clean slate and makes it like new.
Each day, I live a mini drama, feeling scattered and full of guilt from something I’ve said or done. Reading this passage in Jeremiah gives me hope. After God gathered the scattered Israelites, he gave them a clean slate and another chance at life.
When I go to God and confess all that I’ve screwed up during the day, while I’m sleeping, God forgives my sins. It is as if he takes a magic eraser and wipes clean my heart and soul to give me a new start for my day.
Thank you, God, for your Son, Jesus the Christ, who died to wipe the slate clean for all who ask for forgiveness. Amen.