Good morning, all! I hope you are well. Today’s Lenten devotional comes to us from Joshua Kai, Director of International Student Services. Joshua joined TCU in January after working at George Washington University in Washington, DC. While he’s new to the community, Joshua offers a warm and inviting presence on campus, and we are grateful to have him! I hope you enjoy today’s devotional. Many blessings to you and yours.
“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
“Sin” left us as far away as the east is from the west!
I always wondered why the Bible says from east to west and not from south to north. It wasn’t until later that I finally understood.
- One earth rotation from east to west is 26 miles longer than one from south to north.
- If you keep going north, you will eventually reach the north pole. From there, you will eventually start to go south and get to the south pole. You will then once again begin to go north and end up at the North Pole.
- When you start going “east,” there isn’t an east pole and you will always be moving east. Therefore, sin is always behind us (in the west). It can never catch up with us; it is so far away from us, and it can never catch up with us because east and west are indefinitely far from each other. That’s why the Bible tells us east to west and not south to north! The earth is designed to rotate from east to west (eastward).
Thank God! How long, wide, high, and deep is the love of God to us! He has kept our sins so far from us, from east to west, that there is no end! Sin can be so far away from us! During this time of Lent, think about the price Jesus paid for us. God was willing to be confined in a physical body. He willingly died on the cross for our sins. We should be thankful because “the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
Moreover, His sacrifice was not to pay ransom to Satan for us (Satan has no right to bargain with God); it was for our sins that he became the sacrificial Lamb to God. Therefore, we should take time for quiet self-reflection, self-denial, and pray for yourself, family, and friends!
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we would like to sincerely accept the love of Jesus! We offer our gifts for the honor of God and benefit of people.
May you have mercy on us, bless us, and bless those around us through us. Amen!