|WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT BALL?
Have you ever noticed how many baseballs they throw
out of a game? If the ball hits the ground the umpire will look at
it and pitch it out. If the batter doesn't lake the ball sometimes
they throw it out. If the pitcher can't get it over the plate he
asks for a new ball. I think the umpire just puts that one in his
pocket and throws it back to him a little later and he never knows the
WRONG WITH THAT BALL?
It amazes me now to think of the baseballs we had
to play with when we were boys. They were cheap to start with and
when we hit them a few times they became lopsided. They looked like
a real thick pancake, but we would beat on them trying to get them round
again. By that time the seam was broken and the stuffing came out.
Mother would take a needle and thread and sew the seam again, and we played
with it a while longer.
Have you noticed that not too many things are patched
up anymore? We just toss them out. I guess it's the sign of
an affluent society. When clothes are torn or worn we pitch them
out. The car starts giving trouble, we trade it. When appliances
start making strange noises we get new ones. Broken furniture is
not fixed, but replaced. I am afraid that relationships are now in
this category. We don't patch marriages anymore, we just toss them
over to the side and try again.
I am so thankful that God is not like this.
God always looks for the good left in the ball. He does not pitch
it out because it has a spot on it. By His cleansing power, He removes
the spot. John says it best in 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins
He is faithful and just to forgive us of all of our sins and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness." David, who was soiled by sin said,
"Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7). Isaiah said,
"Though your sins are like scarlet they shall be white as snow. Though
they be red like crimson they shall be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18).
How thankful we ought to be that we are not thrown out of the game because
we have spots and stains. What's wrong, then, with that ball?
God says, "Nothing that I can't cleanse and make new." If we believe and
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