The Eraser

               A whole industry exists because of the humble pencil. Many writing instruments have tried, but none have replaced it. Even more important than the graphite writing point (contrary to the common name, pencils are not made of lead), is the other end of the pencil: the eraser. With the eraser, we can change our minds, edit our answers, and rub out our mistakes. The eraser represents the all-important do-over, and when we mess up, isn’t that what all of us want?

              How fortunate are we to have a God who understands that part of us. In Isaiah 43:25, He says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (NKJ). “Blot out” translates from the Hebrew word “machah” (maw-khaw’) which means (guess what) “to stroke or rub; to utterly wipe away or out, to erase.” God takes His divine eraser to our sins, rubs until they are gone, and then blows the erasures away.

           But just in case one verse is not enough to convince us that our sins are erased, read these cross references:

  • “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:34 (NKJ)
  • “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews8:12(NKJ)
  • “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’” Hebrews 10:16-17 (NKJ)
  • “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 (NKJ)

              And exactly what is God’s divine eraser? What does He use to blot our out sins? Revelation 1:5 tells us God erased our sins with “Jesus Christ, the faithful witness… who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (NKJ).

             Never look at a pencil and eraser the same again!


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on October 16, 2011.

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