by Tama Fortner
Have you ever had a single verse just explode your perception of God and the magnitude of His love for you? That’s exactly what happened when my son introduced me to one of his favorite Bible verses.
It began with a simple conversation as our family gathered around the table. What is your favorite verse? One by one we shared the words that had touched our hearts and why. When it was my son’s turn, he read this:
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and remembers your sin no more.” Isaiah 43:25 NIV
Then my son offered his why: “Because it tells me that God wants me with Him.”
Wait! What? How had I missed that all these years?
Of course, I knew that God’s mercy—through Jesus—swept away my sins. (And some days, I keep Him pretty busy with all that sweeping!) And yes, I knew that He chooses to no longer hold my transgressions against me. (Though He has plenty to pick from!) But those four little words in the middle of this verse stopped me in my tracks and overwhelmed me with wonder. They’re the beautiful why behind everything our Lord does. How had I never noticed them before?
“For my own sake.”
When these words were written, Israel had been behaving quite badly. Just one verse earlier, the Lord declared, “You have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses” (Isaiah 43:24 NIV). Oh, Israel. Oh . . . me.
And yet, God did not abandon His people. Nor does He abandon us. Instead, He freely offers not just forgiveness for our sins, but life—full, rich, and abundant life in Him (John 10:10)! God’s love for us is so great that He sent His own Son to purchase that abundant life for us on a Roman cross and through an empty grave. We’re not just another obligation to God. We’re not just part of some grudgingly kept, long-ago promise. God wants us to be with Him.
It was just a single verse, just a few words shared by a child, and yet they changed forever the way I see my God and my Savior.
I suppose some truths are so big and so wonderful that they can only be grasped by the hearts of those who are most like Him. Lord, help me to be more like them.
“ . . . for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” —Mark 10:14 NIV
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About the author: Tama Fortner is an ECPA award-winning and bestselling writer with more than forty titles to her credit. As a ghostwriter, she has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Christian publishing to create inspirational books for children, teens, and adults. But her greatest accomplishments happen in a happy little home on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her family and an incredibly lazy dog who doubles as a footwarmer.
Tama’s newest title, Simply Christmas, releases September 28th from Ink & Willow and is available for pre-order now. Catch up with Tama and all her latest book news at www.TamaFortner.com.
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