All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died…And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days. -Genesis 7:22,24 (NKJV)
You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. -Micah 7:19 (NIV)
They [sins] are now cast into the deepest sea and a sign is put up that says, NO FISHING ALLOWED. -Corrie ten Boom
Drowning has got to be one of the most terrifying ways to die. The very oxygen you need to breathe to live is out of reach, and you’re also flailing in water…your voice is garbled, and panic sets in. And, eventually, your lungs fill with water and you die.
When you hear about the Great Flood, and how God saved Noah, his family, and an ark full of His creatures, it’s easy to forget about the horrifying waters on which they were afloat. Noah and his crew were literally floating above corpses of who knows how many men, women, children, and animals.
But that is what happened when God looked at a world infested with sin. It was time for a fresh start, atop the watery grave of drowned sin.
Sadly, sin started to proliferate again after Noah and his family repopulated the earth.
Great Flood 2.0
This time, however, God sent His only Son down to earth to die for us…to wash our sins away with His blood. And this time, sin was drowned again, but in His sea of forgiveness and forgetfulness. This time, justification through Christ cast our sins as far as the east is from the west, so that we could be saved despite our sins.
We are called to be fishers of men, not of sin. His second Great Flood of love can drown any sin imaginable, so let us stop fishing for our own sins, or the sins of others, and fish for His glory!
O Lord, thank You for loving us so, that You would have Your only Son die so that we may join Him as co-heirs in Heaven (Romans 8:17)! Thank you for drowning our sins. Please help us glorify You by not fishing and retrieving them again!