It’s A Good Thing……………
Read Micah Chapter 7
The book of Micah is a scathing account of the sins of God’s people and a prophetic announcement of the coming judgment because of their disobedience. But he also predicts some good things which will come about after God’s wrath has been satisfied. Chapter 4 tells us of the time when our Lord will gather up His remnant, including some of those who had been involved in the sins which led to their plight. Chapter 5 prophesies about the coming of Christ. Some of the following chapters again predict dire consequences for Israel because of their rebellion. But God finished the book with some very encouraging words.
Micah ended the book with these beautiful descriptions of our loving, forgiving, merciful Lord.
Mic 7:18 Who is a God like You, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
If this were the only passage in all of God’s word which delivered comfort to those of us who have been involved in SSA, it would be sufficient.
1. Our loving Father pardons sin. He forgives the transgressions of those He saved from destruction. His love for those He chose to belong to Him will win out over the destructiveness of our sins.
2. He does not stay angry forever. This is a promise which I have claimed many times. Psalm 30:5 expresses the same sentiment. I was aware of that passage before I became aware of this one from Micah.
3. He will again have compassion on us. In those times of repentance and shame after a failure, I would have had no hope if it were not for this promise. He has restored His compassion to me many times. Thank You, Lord.
4. Our Lord “delights to show mercy.” This one may be the greatest phrase in this passage. God does not reluctantly bestow His mercy upon us. When we are begging for His forgiveness for the umpteenth time, we often think that He is contemplating the pros and cons of extending His mercy to us. We think maybe He wishes He had never saved us in the beginning. We think He begrudgingly says, “Well, okay, but just for this last time only.” NOT SO!! He DELIGHTS and takes joy in giving us mercy. It gives Him great pleasure!
5. God will trample our sins underfoot. I can visualize Him stomping them into the ground, pulverizing them to the extent that they are unrecognizable when He is done.
6. He will hurl all our iniquities into the depth of the sea. Well, when He throws mine into the sea, watch out for a great rising of the ocean’s water level. They may fill it up, and the waters will flood all the coastal low-lying areas.
As a child and a young adult I never heard this message – this side of our Savior. The churches of the 50’s which I attended had one message only; God is always wrathful and vengeful. If I had not discovered His other attributes when I did, I don’t believe I could have survived the pain and suffering that I endured over my sinfulness much longer. It brought great relief to discover His love, mercy, and grace. It was there all along, displayed all throughout His word, but not taught in the churches I attended.
Prayer: As I have said many times before, “What can I say, other than, ‘Thank You!’”