“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
People and businesses go through settlements on a regular basis. Someone gets injured or offended and threatens to bring another to court in a lawsuit. Often the injuring party wants to come up with some type of settlement agreement, rather than fight it out in a costly court fight.
The one who did the injury will then pay some sort of set agreed price to pay for the injury done. Once it is paid, the matter is settled and no longer is there a fight being done.
In today’s passage God is talking to Israel. He wants to settle the matter of their sinning before Him. He wants to cleanse all of the wrongs done and give them a clean slate.
Not everyone likes to settle a matter. They want to hold on to the wrong done and dwell upon it, remembering it.
This can happen often with some believers. They have sinned against God and refuse to allow themselves to forgiven themselves or even to allow God to forgive them. All they see is their overwhelming guilt of doing wrong.
God is right there waiting to forgive and clean the slate. Yes, the person is full of sin and guilty as red blood, but God wants to settle the matter of the sin against Him. He is there taking the first step to settling the matter, but offering forgiveness.
Jesus paid the price of sin when He died upon the cross. This made it possible for God to forgive those who believe of their sins and make their lives white as snow.
You, along with me and everyone else have made choices to sin against God. It is time to settle the matter with God. Go to Him and seek His forgiveness.
God loves you and is waiting for you to come to Him to settle the matter. Do not hold on to your past sins, but give them up at the cross and be made white as snow. Allow God to begin a new thing in your life.
God has initiated the settlement, be willing to accept it. All you lose is the guiltiness of sin, what you gain is a clean life.
Are you settling the matter today?
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will give up your guilt to God; that you will allow God to make you white as snow; and that you will trust His settling of the matter in your life.