“As far as the east is from the west; so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
— Psalm 103:12 (NIV)
David understood something that each of us as Christians need to understand each and every day…God forgives – and forgets! Think about it this way, what David is basically saying here is that God has looked at our sin, and in De Niro type fashion has looked at us and said, “Fuhgeddaboudit!”
Jesus was God’s only Son, the one who came and died in our place on the cross of Calvary. Jesus also knew that the only way we as the children of God would be truly saved was for him to come to the earth and live the life we live…love the ones we love…die our death on our cross, so that we might have life. Jesus looked into our lives, saw the muck and the mire and whispered, “Fuhgeddaboudit!”
Forget about it…a pretty good way of looking at life…has the past got you down? Forget it, move on! Is it hard for you to get over something, Forget it – it’s not worth the pain of remembering it. The only person in your life that can truly forget the past is you…because you’re the only one that fully knows your past (other than God). God knows our past, but we see in Psalm 103 that He has removed our sin from us, as far as the east is from the west…so God has forgotten more than we’ve ever even learned. Not only has He forgotten it, he has removed it from our lives…
Why is it East to West? Because there is no end, think of the Earth – if you start going North, eventually you’ll cross the North Pole and you’ll be going South again…but if you go from East to West you’ll never travel in an eastward direction because you’ve not turned around. In other words, the distance is endless, and that is how far we are separated from our sin.
God has looked down and said to His Children, “Here is my Son, in whom I’m pleased…He will save you, He will give you life…He will separate you from your sin – so, Fuhgeddaboudit!”
Forget your sin, forget your past, forget the worry you have for your future – forget it all, because it’s in the hands of the Almighty God – Creator, Redeemer, Savior, Friend. The next time your sin gets you down remember that it has been removed as far as the east is from the west…and using that logic…it will never return, you’re going in an opposite direction…so keep on keepin’ on…and…FUHGEDDABOUDIT!