But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  Isaiah 64:6


At a recent trip to a local miniature golf course, my daughter and I spent an afternoon together.  I love to go miniature golfing, but sometimes hate my results.  I never feel complete or productive unless I get a hole in one.

On this particular afternoon, I did everything I could to gain a hole in one.  I lined up my putts, I carefully measured the angles and took practice putts in my attempt to score what is the standard of perfection.  But in the end, I walked away without a “1” marked as one of my scores.

In spite of all my best efforts, my best just wasn’t good enough.  All my hard work of lining up shots and figuring the angles left me in a heap of frustration and anguish.

The same is true with God’s standard of holiness and purity.  We can never measure up to the perfect life that God demands for righteousness and entrance into heaven.  We are told that “all our righteousnesses are” like dirty, stinky laundry to Almighty God.  The very best efforts that we can hope to perform on a good day will still fall far short.  As a result, “our iniquities . . . have taken us away” and separated us from God.  That separation from God demands punishment, which our loving Lord and Saviour provided for us at Golgotha.

Thank God we don’t have to try for holes in one!


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