I had an aunt who always used to tell me that “school days are the best days of your life”. I disagreed. I was not a big fan of school. I would often find my mind drifting, I would gaze out of the window longing for the day to pass.
In my day, if a teacher spotted you half a sleep they would wake you up with a piece of carefully aimed piece of chalk. The chalk could be made to bounce right in front of you and soon got your attention! If you were messing about in the classroom, something a little larger like the board rubber was used. Teachers today have lost these useful tools, a “smart board” doesn’t have the same effect!
Of course, the real point of the board rubber was to clean the chalk board or, erase mistakes on the board. A quick wipe over, and the board was clean. If only life could be like that.
There is a book in the Bible called Psalms in which the writers express a whole range of feelings and emotions and, this morning in church, we looked at one particular Psalm 103. In it, the writer speaks about how God erases our mistakes with His forgiveness.
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our sins from us.
(Psalm 103 vs. 12)
That’s how complete God’s forgiveness is.
As one commentator says;
God is big enough to pick me up when I have fallen. God is big enough to clean me up when I have gotten dirty. God is big enough to “cleanse me of all unrighteousness.” It is God’s Forgiving Grace that keeps me going.
And when Jesus saw the crowds. Saw the people that were gathering around Him He knew the burdens the rules the guilt the failure of their lives and He said these words to them
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11 vs. 28 – 30)
God’s forgiving grace is better than any board rubber because, it not only erases, but it works deeply within us to change our lives.