I’ve been reading from the book, “Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect Women,” by Liz Curtis Higgs, recently for my devo times. If you’ve never read any of her books, I’d highly recommend them. In fact, she has more than I realized, both fiction and non. The library actually has a ton of them and I’m excited to check a couple out soon. Anyways, I digress.
This book studies a number of the “bad women” in the Bible and goes verse-by-verse through their stories. You’d think this would be boring, but the author does an amazing job making their stories come alive and really supplying a ton of applicable background information.
When reading the chapter on Bathsheba, I came across a few paragraphs of awesomeness that I wanted to share. I think it will hit home for so many people and the analogies make so much sense.
First, here’s a few background verses:
“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51:2)
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
Both of these verses were written by David after the incident with Bathsheba and all that was involved.
Here’s what Liz Curtis Higgs had to say about it:
“David understood repentance. Do you, beloved?
When we turn back to embrace the One who loves and forgives us, we are made new. The old sin is washed away and gone for good, like that sudsy water from your shower that disappears down the drain, never to be seen again.
Some of us put in a drain stopper, though, and insist on bathing in that same polluted water every day, beating ourselves up for last week’s dirt still swirling around us rather than letting God wash it off us for good.
This isn’t about deserving forgiveness. It’s about accepting it.
When your skin is covered with sweat, dust, and grime, you take a bath, yes? You don’t say, “I’m too filthy to get in this tub. I’ll just have to stay grungy.” No way. You get in and get clean.
How Satan blinds us to this truth! We think we have to be “good” to deserve God’s grace. That’s like saying you have to be clean to take a bath! Dear one, the more grimy our lives are, the more we need Jesus. The dirtier your body, the better the bath feels.
The sensation you have in the physical realm when you step out of that cleansing hot shower–“Ahh!”–is exactly what happens in the spiritual realm when you bathe in the living water of God’s grace. And the Lord’s forgiveness is every bit as available as that shower in your bathroom, sister. Reach for the faucet!
God forgave David for killing a man after stealing his wife. Think about that!
Whatever sins you need to confess, it’s clear God can handle them.