September 6, 2011
Isaiah 1:16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil
Have you ever noticed that some rooms in your house are cleaner than others? Those that are more likely to be seen by others or those that you have to look at the most are usually kept cleaner than those that are hidden or those that you might not spend a lot of time in. I had a chance to clean one of those rooms yesterday; Terry and I cleaned the playroom. Wow…we threw away lots of stuff that was unnecessary and was really just taking up space. As I was cleaning up, I noticed the parallel to our spiritual lives; sometimes we need to take a look at our hearts. We need to examine those areas that we tend to never go in that we just usually leave alone; we need to examine them and we need to purge them. We need to look at our lives and see what we might be involved in that is not what God would have us to do and we need to get rid of those. We need to make sure that all the rooms in our “house” are clean. This verse in Isaiah is dealing with God’s rejection of the children of Israel’s worship because their hearts and hands were not clean. Would God reject ours? Would He find our hearts and hands clean? Do we need to clean house?