If you are like most people these days you have lost count of the number of times you have washed your hands with soap and water or applied hand sanitizer. As I look at my own hands they are chaffed and cracked and in regular need of moisturizing lotion. It is certainly important during this pandemic to practice good hygiene.
Now let me ask you a question, your hands have been sanitized… what about your heart?
Psalm 24:3-4 Says, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.”
Question? Are you regularly examining your heart and applying the sanitizer of The Word of God?
1st John 1:9 says,
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
King David in Psalm 51:2 asks the Lord to “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” We are reminded in Psalm 66:18
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear me.”
Yes, during this time of COVID-19 we need to practice good hygiene and wash our hands. However, let us be sure during our times of reading the Word, prayer, meditation, devotion, and worship to keep “short accounts” with God. Let us examine our hearts and confess our sins to the Lord and receive the forgiveness and cleansing He offers us. Let’s recognize that clean hands and a pure heart before the Lord are vital to our spiritual health.
Hey, I have a practical application for you. You’ve probably heard that the key to adequate hand washing is to sing the words to the happy birthday song twice each time you wash your hands with soap and water. I want to encourage you to print out the verses I listed above and place them over your sink. Each time you wash your hands quote 1st John 1:9 and then examine your heart and confess any sin to the Lord. Just think, you can sanitize your hands and your heart at the same time!
– Pastor Ra