Sunken and Forgotten

Panorama of the sunken Titanic, asisi F&E GmbH, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

“He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19

The Titanic collided with an iceberg and sunk into the ocean in 1912. It wasn’t until 1985 that the Titanic‘s exact location was found. Treasures from the sunken ship began to be recovered in 1987. These included, among others, a deck chair, stemware, ticket stubs, letters from passengers and the menus from the final meal onboard.

When we repent of our sins and ask God’s forgiveness, He drops our past sins into the depths of the figurative ocean, and unlike with the wreck of the Titanic, He will not recover them again, dredging them from the ocean depths.

As humans, we may have a tendency to dredge them up ourselves, but this is not of God. Once God saves us from our sins and His Son’s righteousness is put on us, God sees us in this light, in the righteousness of Christ. We should not do any of this ocean diving, but we should sincerely repent and, looking forward, in Christ’s strength, resist future sin. Humanly, in the weakness of our old nature, we can still sin and sometimes fail. Isn’t it assuring to know that God’s grace and forgiveness surpasses anything human?

Thank you, Lord, for your wonderful amazing grace and for truly tossing our sins in a “sea of forgetfulness.” Help us not to dwell on our regrets but on righteous living in You. Give us the strength to live Your way.

© 2021 Susan Joy Clark