How many times have you uttered the words, “I wash my hands of it?” It can be a situation, person, or even a job. Then, moments later or sometime later, you pick that same problem back up again. This time growing increasingly upset than you were before.
Imagine having dirt on your hands, then washing the residue away down a drain or onto the ground, just as an example. The particles that have left your hands, now clean, have gone down the drain or are on the ground. It’s impossible to retrieve the original matter again without grabbing additional dirt, rocks, garbage, etc. Look down your drain. Would you want to stick your fingers down there to retrieve the dirt that you just washed away? 🤔
Of course not, and it’s impossible to do without picking up extra matter! Thus, the same logic is the case when you let something go and then allow the same situation to get under your skin again after you washed your hands of it. You may find yourself even more frustrated than you were before, adding more drama or incidents to the layer you said you were going to wash away or be done with.
I found this visual to be profound and hope it sheds some light on what happens each time you pick something back up that you said you were going to let go and release to God.
As I was researching the saying “wash my hands of it,” wondering where it originated (a lot of us repeat sayings from our family, friends, or what we have heard growing up), I was brought to the following verse:
Matthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
Pilate, the governor over Judea, sat in the judge’s seat (Matthew 27:19) in satisfying the people’s request to have Jesus crucified. When the people wanted to release Barabbas, a criminal, and execute Jesus, who had committed no crime, Pilate literally washed his hands before the crowd and said this is their responsibility.
I thank our heavenly Father for the ultimate sacrifice His Son, Jesus Christ, made at the cross, saving us from our sins through the redemption of his blood (Ephesians 1:7). The Will of the Father. For Jesus said in John 10:18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
Jesus paid our sin debt in full, a price that none of us could pay. If you are not saved today, I encourage you to visit my Salvation Prayer page. God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrew 13:5). If you lay a problem or situation down before Him, then leave it there instead of picking it back up again. I will be the first to say it is not always easy, but with God’s help we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). Trust Him today to help you do it.
It is God’s Will for us not to worry. Matthew 6:25: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Give your concerns to Jesus Christ right now and walk in His freedom. I hope this message helps you today.
Love you all in Christ,
Ayesha L. Shoulders 💞
6 thoughts on “I Wash My Hands Of It”
Awesome post! Thank you for shedding light on the origin of the statement “I wash my hands “. Often times we hold on to things that God is trying to remove from our lives and this piece so eloquently reminded us that we need to allow those situations and people to wash away. I absolutely loved it!
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this post. ❤ The old saying still remains true: Let go and let God.
Very common and unfortunately I know this all to well. Perhaps it would be more beneficial to realize that the dirt is a distraction to keep your attention. Once you wash it away the first time ask yourself why are your hands dirty again? Did you leave dirt there intentionally so you can wash your hands yet again or are you enjoying playing with the dirt more than keeping your hands cleaned? The point I’m making is, when you really want your hands cleaned you won’t leave any residue behind. Letting Go & Letting God – completely. Otherwise you’re not submitting it to God but rather containing the bacteria at a level I which you think you’re controlling; well so you think. Focus on God, Not the dirt. Be Intentional 🙏🏾
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Amen! I have always said when a person gets tired of the situation they will let it go. Until then, there is nothing anyone else can do. It’s their free will to exercise to completely let it go. For some, it is a process and for others it is easier to do. Thank God for His mercy through it all. Great perspective and thank you for sharing!
Thanks Ayesha, thanks for that analogy and points taken in the responses.
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You’re welcome! Thank you for responding. ❤🤗