All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. — Isaiah 53:6 NKJV
Tuesday morning, I headed into town for an appointment. At a four-way stop, I noticed a Chihuahua in the center median. Fortunately, this intersection had little traffic.
The car behind me moved into the left turn lane just as the dog stepped into the road. The driver saw the wayward pup and stopped. I made eye contact with the driver then opened my door. The dog jumped onto my lap. Saved!
I turned right and pulled into a church parking lot. The dog wore a tag with a phone number. I didn’t recognize the area code, so I wondered if I’d reach a number no longer in service. However the phone rang. What will I do if no one answers?
“Hello,” a woman said.
“Hi, I have your dog, Pixie.”
“No! I bet she’s muddy.”
“Actually, she’s clean. I can bring her to you. Where are you?”
Thank God, she was only a few blocks away. She gave me directions to her home, and then met me in the driveway. Whew! God worked that out.
Like Pixie, we all have gone astray. Each of us has turned to her own way. But God has laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all. Jesus paid the price for my waywardness and yours.Jesus paid the price for my waywardness and yours. Click To Tweet
How? How did He pay the price?
He died an agonizing death on the cross. He was beaten, humiliated, and crucified for everything you and I have ever done wrong. On the third day, He rose again and sits at the right hand of God, interceding on our behalf.
Do you know Jesus?
Lord, as the words to the old hymn say, “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”1
Father, if this woman doesn’t know you, I pray she will. May You draw her to Yourself and wrap Your arms around her. May she confess her sins, ask Jesus to be her Savior, and be washed as white as snow. In Jesus’ name, amen.
1“Jesus Paid it All,” accessed June 15, 2016 http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Jesus_Paid_It_All/
About Hope for the Valley
Hope for the Valley is the ministry God has entrusted to J.K. Stewart—wife, breast cancer survivor, and follower of Jesus Christ. Soon after her diagnosis, she started a women’s cancer support group. Two years later, she launched Hope for the Valley, a website of devotions and prayers for women with cancer. J.K. lives in Texas with her husband, dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s either studying her Bible, walking her dog, or vacuuming pet hair. Connect with her and the ministry of Hope for the Valley on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.