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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, January 4, 2018

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

Long Flight

Terry Bradshaw had it. Joe Montana had it. Brett Favre had it. In today’s NFL, Ben Roethlisberger has it. So does Drew Brees and Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.  All of these former and present quarterbacks (and many others as well) have the ability to completely forget about the last play, whether it was a touchdown pass or an interception. It is a trait that enables them to keep moving forward.

God also has a short memory with regard to our sins. Micah 7:19b says He “will cast all our sin into the depths of the sea.” Henry Morris took that to mean ‘utter depths,’ as in the Mariana Trench at more than 36,000 feet, a place where no man can go. Also, Isaiah 38:17c says “you have cast all my sin behind Your back.” Finally, H. A. Ironside comments on the opening verse this way: “If you got into an airplane and flew north continuously, you would eventually cross the North Pole and begin going south. But if you got into an airplane and flew east continuously, you would never be going west. If you turned the plane 180 degrees and flew west continuously, you would never be going east.”

Are you a Christian haunted at times by past sins? Rest assured, God isn’t. He has forgotten all about them. Isn’t that a great incentive to move forward and serve Him?

— STANLEY TUCKER

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