What Will Get Rid Of That Stench?

stenchWe are familiar with nasty smells in our home or car, but what happens when the stench is coming from our very soul? Kerryn encourages us to seek the perfect solution.

“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor” (Ecclesiastes 10:1).

Have you ever had a really bad stench in your home that you can’t get rid of?

We have a waterbed that was purchased over 30 years ago to relieve my back pain from scoliosis. It’s been wonderful.

Unfortunately, a cat with sharp claws and a waterbed are not a good mix, requiring us to replace the bed’s ‘bladder.’ Multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and a new rubber bladder are not a good mix either. So, I’ve been unable to go into our bedroom for over five months.

We’ve used all of the tricks imaginable to try to remove the ghastly smell that escapes from our bedroom whenever the door is opened. Airing the new bladder outside and washing and wiping it with all sorts of concoctions have helped–but not enough.

After praying about it, I felt it needed the water emptied and vinegar placed inside to rinse it out from the inside instead. Then one would remove the vinegar that’s been polluted by the stench, and refill it with clean water. I tried this and it was a huge help.

As I shared about this with another devotional writer she quickly responded with the following spiritual analogy, which I’ve pondered since.

“Sometimes the messes and ‘stench’ in our lives need the Lord to clean it from the inside out!”

Our heart, mind, and soul sometimes needs a good clean, as we take our unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, frustration and folly to Him.

I sure don’t want to be a bad smell, as it’s disgusting and offends people, who are reviled by it.

We don’t need to stay in that state!

There’s only one way to cleanse us from the inside out. Let’s come before Jesus now, so that He can wash us of all of our stench, for He makes us “whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7).

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for our sins that are a filthy stench. Thank You that Your resurrection is the victory for us all, as we surrender to You. Praise You, Jesus! Amen.

About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family among the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.

Have you allowed a filthy stench to gradually take over your life? Don’t worry! Jesus has the victory through His death and resurrection. Will you come before Him now, so that He can be Lord of your life? It’s simple–all you need to do is share your heart with Him, ask for His forgiveness, and let Him enter your life with His beautiful aroma.

This is “By Your Side” with Tenth Avenue North. Kerryn is right about how easily we can forget to ask God for forgiveness for those “little” sins that can really build up. Sometimes we are putting all our energy and efforts into things for God that don’t really even matter–what He really wants is our heart and our desire to be more like Him. This song is a beautiful reminder that God is by our side no matter what we’ve done. He is there, holding us, waiting for us to come to Him. Hugs, -Lisa