No Fishing Allowed
We have all seen those signs at one time or another. Like any other warning or prohibitive regulation that we have encountered, we find ourselves tempted to disregard or disobey it. After all there must be some really big fish in this spot. What could we possibly be missing out on?
There is one spot however if such a sign were to be posted we are almost always tempted to disregard. Our nature is prone to dig around in areas that even God no longer visits. One of those places that God chooses not visit is found in a minor prophet of the Old Testament. Reading plans which include the Old Testament can produce some real gems now and then. Listen to Micah:
“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over any transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:14, ESV)
God, because of the atoning work of His Son on the cross casts our sins in the depths of the sea. God is pleased to throw our sins overboard. God graciously throws our sins into the depth never to be thought of again. Once we are in Christ those sins are “buried” in Davy Jones locker!
Corrie ten Boom used to say, “God put up a sign saying, ‘No fishing allowed.’” She knew that sooner or later we go mucking around in the deep trying to “fish” up those old sins. We must learn to live in the light of God’s forgiving grace. We must not take pleasure or satisfaction in the “comfort” of that which is old and familiar to us. There is no good reason to cast about and fish up the very sins Christ paid for and God has forgiven.
So, next time you are prone to go fishing for guilt and sin remember that God has thrown them overboard into the depths of the sea. Even if you cannot see it, there is a big, bright, and bold “No Fishing Allowed” sign posted by God!