Ephesians 5:26 NIV gives a key that I have used often this week: That we can be made holy and clean. We all want that. I love this picture of the mighty roaring ocean waters swirling and washing around the rocks. Scientifically we know that action does eventually wear down the rock and it scours it completely with every wave. As women whose lives are often filled with such dirt and grime from life itself, we often feel the need for cleansing. We certainly feel the need to reach for what is holy and hold it tightly to ourselves in the hope of never losing it again.
But God says we cannot do this without the Word. The Holy Word is what cleanses us, much like the action of ocean waves against a rocky shoreline.
As I have been privileged to counsel and pray God’s Word with many women this week it has struck me how often they have said they want to feel clean, they want to feel holy, they want to feel set free from the effects of the world’s grime and grit.
So, here is the way: Get into the Word and let it cleanse you.
“…to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.”