“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
“In the depths of the sea of God’s forgetfulness;
Removed as the east is from west!
Far away from all power and principality,
My sins are in the depths of the sea!”
I’ve heard and sung this truth all my life, and I’ve grown to take it for granted. After all, if my sins are REALLY that far removed, why does it feel like they are sitting on my shoulder?
God who stretched out the line and measures the heavens created a directional impossibility. East will never meet west. They reach out to God’s right and to his left indefinitely, and in that created void He banished all sin and iniquity. That is the doctrine of the verse, and it is an unchangeable truth.
The power of the sin is done away with, yet the constant temptation and guilt oppresses the child of God daily. But why should it? The God of the impossible is the God of the practical. The God of the compass is the God of the wind. He not only mapped the doom of sins, he made sure that the force of sin could be endured.
The wind blows stiff and strong in Oklahoma. When you have to face it, you get grit and sand and bugs in your teeth. It can get bad, real bad(trust me, I’m a trashman!). But there is a way to be shielded from that blast: it’s not hard- you simply turn around! When the wind blows hardest from the east, it cannot get you from the west! “he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.” (Isaiah 27:8)
I didn’t say to give in, I mean resist the right way! When temptation is too strong, RUN and get away from it! It’s not about you proving how tough you are to God, it’s about admitting when you’re beat down and repenting from sin. When the tempest howls from the east, remember there are 180 degrees that it cannot cross to get to you. I think this is what the Lord meant when he taught the disciples to pray, “lead us not into temptation.” (Matthew 6:13)
I have never seen a Christian with his face and heart set on Jesus Christ that couldn’t get victory over sin. If you’re struggling today with the blast of Hell, turn your eyes upon Jesus! Get your focus off of that storm and hide in the Rock of Ages. The wind CANNOT blow on all fronts- “as far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us!”