He had received great news, so he wrote a prayer of thanksgiving to God. In Hezekiah’s prayer were these words:
In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. (Isaiah 38:17)
Hezekiah was one of those kings who “did what was right” in the eyes of the Lord (2 Chronicles 31:20). However, he was far from perfect, failing on numerous occasions. Yet, Hezekiah understood two important truths about the Lord: 1. God does not remove His love when His children fail; and 2. God is willing to put ALL our sins behind His back!
I love the imagery of that truth. It’s not as though our sins never happened – they have. But for those who know Christ as their Savior, God no longer looks at those sins! It’s as if He volunteers to lose object permanence when it comes to our transgressions! He simply refuses to see our sin when He looks at us.
Elsewhere we’re told that God is faithful to forgive all of our sin and unrighteousness (1 John 1:9), removing it as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Friends, if a Holy God places our sin behind His back, what do you suppose we’re to do with it? That’s right; confess what we need to and then put it behind us as well!
How much it must grieve God to watch us dig up what He has buried – our sins, and the sins of others. We must learn to forgive both ourselves and those who have wronged us. God has the final word on sin, and for those who have accepted His grace through faith in Christ, His word is this, “That’s behind us; now let’s move forward, together.”
Are you bringing back before your eyes what God has put behind His back? –Dave
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