CLEANSE YOUR HANDS… PURIFY YOUR HEARTS
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded” (James 4:8).
It is being sounded in the whole world these days: WASH YOUR HANDS, The Lord says, “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.” (Isaiah 1:15) Though this is a true requirement in the Covid-19 pandemic yet it gives us food for thought for our lives.
Never has the whole world been shut down at the same time as it is today. Don’t you think that this is something extraordinary and that God is telling all mankind something very specific and solemn? The busiest people have been slowed down and shut in that they would ponder and think.
A widow lived with her son and they were poor and did not have enough to eat during a famine. But they were miraculously provided for when she first gave food and shelter to a man of God. Sometime later her son died suddenly and she said to the man of God “.. have you come to me to call my sin to remembrance?” The world today is passing through the valley of death. Fear of death is all around. Is God saying something to this world? Is the world being reminded of its sins? Are your sins being called to your remembrance? What are you going to do about it?
The Lord says, “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.” (Isaiah 1:15)
Many people have hardened their hearts. Let us consider just one example: the abortions that took place in the world from January 1, 2020 till date are 11,529,167 and continue increasing as you read this article. At an average 45 million babies are aborted every year, the daily rate being 1,25,000 (1.25 lacs). The Corona virus related deaths have been less than 88,000 when this was written. But so many babies in the womb have been just put away and their sufferings have gone to deaf ears. Babies in the womb sucked out piece by piece and ‘crap’ pieces later cleaned out. A doctor advertises himself saying he performed 1200 abortions at the start of his career. In Western countries they call it “Planned Parenthood”. In North India they call it “Cleaning up” in the local language.
“World Health Organization says abortion is “essential service” during pandemic. Women’s choices and rights …. should be respected, irrespective of whether or not she has a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.”
So where is this crooked world going? Will God be silent forever? Count this as a WAKE UP CALL. It is time for you to introspect and set your life right with God. Come near to Him and He will come near to you. Some are comforting themselves saying, “this too shall pass. There were much more serious pandemics than this centuries ago. After all this is just a virus. We will get the vaccine tomorrow if not today”. But God says, “Cleanse your hands and purify your heart from sin”.
There was a hill called Calvary more than 2000 years ago on which stood a Cross. It was there that The Son of God, born of a Virgin, was Crucified for your sins and mine. On that Cross The Lord Jesus Christ took our punishment and died to set us free from the unbreakable chains of sin. Hung there by three cruel nails, His Precious Blood was shed to cleanse you and me. He rose again the third day from the dead so we may believe that He is God and victorious over death. The motive behind His Great Sacrifice is His Love for you. God loves you and does not desire that you or anyone perish forever in his or her sins.
Be Holy for God is Holy. Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved and your household. Invite Him in your heart today!
By Deepak Jariwala