June 11

Today's Bible Readings
     Deuteronomy 16
     Psalms 103
     Isaiah 43
     Revelation 13
''For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalms 103:11-12)
            Even the height of the Heaven of Heavens cannot measure the mercy of our Lord. The original language here suggests awesome grandeur and glory. As the heavens provide moisture and the sun, moon, and stars enlighten the earth and look down with watchfulness; even  so, the Lord's mercy whose love covers  all  His chosen,  enriches  them, embraces  them, and stands forever  as their  dwelling place.
            Who can reach the first of the fixed stars, and who can measure the utmost extent of the starry universe? Yet, so great is His mercy! It is a little word, but it is infinite. It is for them that fear Him. Godly fear is one of the first products of the divine life in us. This humble, hearty reverence for His authority is an evidence of His presence and power within our lives. This incredible and infinite mercy is only meant for those who have experienced the presence of God in their lives, which has produced the fear of the Lord.
            Now consider His awesome illustration - ''by this infinite mercy, our transgressions, having been moved as far as the east is from the west." What a glorious verse. No word, even upon the inspired page, can excel it.  Sin is removed from us by a miracle of love. What a load to move, and yet it is removed so far that the distance is incalculable. When you fly as far as the weave of imagination can bear you, and if you journey through space eastward, you are further from the west with every beat of your wing. If sin be removed so far, then you may be sure that the scent, the trace, the very memory of it must be entirely gone.
            When we travel from north to south, we will reach our goal. From the east to the west is an infinite space. If this is the distance of sin's removal from our lives, there is no shade of fear of its ever being brought back again; even Satan himself could not achieve such a task. Our sins are gone, Jesus has borne them away. Someone has said, ''Jesus has placed our sins at the depth of the deepest sea, and placed a sign that says…''No Fishing.''
            Just as in Old Testament Judaism, the sins of the people were placed on the scapegoat, our sins were placed upon the Scapegoat Jesus, more than 2,000 years ago. Only God can do such a thing. Hallelujah! Our sins are separated as far as the east is from the west.
            Just as the Apostle Paul responded to the Macedonian call in his ministry, we must pray today that there would be a great host of missionaries who would respond to the Macedonian call today. Macedoniais a country of more than 2 million souls located in Europe. Foreign mission societies are finding Macedoniato be one of Europe's neediest places, and one of the most difficult to access. Thankfully, many of the new converts who are coming to Christ are young people. This tells us there should be a good future for Christian ministry in the years ahead. The same needs exist here as throughout Europe. Pray for the Spirit of God to move upon those who will respond today to the Macedonian call.
''Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it."
Henry Ford