Have you ever been too long without a shower? How nice is it to take a cool shower after a full day of work in the hot sun? How refreshing is it to wash away all of the sweat, dirt, grease, filth? That is what it is like when we allow God to wash us clean.
Scripture: “I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you.” – Ezekiel 16:9
We go through life and get covered with all kinds of filth. Something bad happens, and that mess gets all over us. We get bombarded with negative thoughts, words, feelings, every day. Sure we have good thoughts and good things happen too, and we can do our best to stay clean. But we get dirty – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Life happens. And just like we take a shower to wash ourselves clean at the beginning or end of every day, we need to wash ourselves clean every day of all of the filth that gets thrown at and on us every day.
There are many ways to allow God to wash us clean. I am a huge fan of allowing the Word of God to wash me clean. Every morning when I get up I grab a cup of coffee, my Bible, my journal, and read the chosen scripture for the day. It is just me and God, sitting there hanging out together, having a conversation through that activity as He reveals Himself to me as I seek Him. It is the most wonderful time of the day.
Baptism is another and probably the most obvious way that God washes us clean and makes us new. Sincere prayer can wash or hearts clean and turn lives around. There are so many ways that God can wash us clean, but it always starts with us seeking Him. He is always there, right beside us. His love surrounds us, and covers us. It washes us clean of our imperfections. It cleans the messy and filthy parts of us away. It leaves us clean, refreshed, and renewed.
But today’s scripture says also that He will “put ointments on you.” That means that God does more than wash us clean. He also wants to put ointments on us – ointments that heal, ointments that make us smell good to others. These are blessings above and beyond the cleaning. If we continue reading Ezekiel, it says that, “I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put sandals of fine leather on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.” – (Ezekiel 16:10-12).
I think what is important to think about however is that we don’t put on the ointment until after we are clean. We don’t put ointment on a wound before washing it out or it will get infected. We don’t put on lotions or cologne that make us smell good to others before we take a shower. We can try to cover our scent, but we are still dirty, still stink, and not fooling anyone. The same is true with God. He first wants to wash us clean before he blesses us. If we are not clean, it really doesn’t make sense to put on the ointment. And if we do, the blessings are only temporary.
So if something in our life stinks, God can clean us. If we don’t love ourselves, God can clean us. If we want to be blessed, God can bless us. God loves us more than we could ever imagine. He loves us even when we are not so lovable. He loves us even when we do not love ourselves. God’s love is unconditional, uncontainable, and unending. It all starts with us seeking Him, and ask Him to wash us clean.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word this morning. We thank you for the wonderful love that you have for us. We know that we are dirty and probably don’t deserve your love and your blessings, but we ask that you wash us clean. Purify us so that we can walk in your perfect love. Put your ointment all over us and bless every area of our lives. Let us be clean and pleasing to others so that they will want to know you, for your glory, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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