My mother-in-law was ninety-four. One day she said to me that she looked back and berated herself for some of the things she had done in her life. “How could she? Why did she?” she asked.
Now this dear woman was one of the kindest, sweetest women I had ever known. She wasn’t a low-down wretch. She was lovely and gentle. But she knew what we all know, that by her very nature she was a sinner.
My answer to her was that we are all sinners. We all miss the mark and it’s why Jesus had to come to save us.
Solomon also knew. How many times had he crossed the line? How many sins had he committed?
“At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. You will say, ‘How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors. And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God’s people.’”
We might reach the end of our lives and ask ourselves, “How could we?” or, “Why did we?”
But when we have placed our faith and trust in Jesus, His answer is that it every one of our sins is forgiven, forgotten, thrown into the deepest sea and never to be brought up again.
Oh Lord, how blessed we are that in You there is complete forgiveness and redemption.