My pondering: This verse isn’t a popular one these days in many circles as it requires work. It clearly shows we have a responsibility. Like Paul tells us in another passage, ‘to work out our salvation with fear and trembling ‘. God desires and commands us to work with Him and exercise our faith, then He, and only He, supernaturally enables our holiness to rise and meet His standard of perfection namely by:
leading of the Holy Spirit and the activation of God’s strength thru prayer, praise and thanksgiving plus the Work of Jesus on the cross, grace, mercy, imputation of rightousness and so many other blessings.
Further, it requires us to fear God which is a strong admonishen throughout the Bible. I think this word fear is best described in our culture as respect. God requires us to love and respect Him. Its a fear and respect of His awesome power that created all we see, know and no doubt, much more. He created the whole universe in 6 days. He promises to renovate it all in due time when He purges sin from the world once and for all. CS Lewis sure describes this holy, healthy fear well in the fictional character of Aslon, the lion from Narnia.
So we must work to eliminate the defilement which so easily attracts to our flesh and self. The Bible gives us instruction by being in the light, washing of the water and with the help of our brothers and sisters.
My prayer: I know sure well, by myself, all this is impossible. But by You oh LORD, nothing good is impossible. Help me please!
Forgive me for my sins. I know and claim full well You have, are and shall wash me white as snow.