Today’s reading Micah 1-7
Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, And passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, Because he delighteth in mercy. 19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; And thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Micah is reminding God’s people of how wonderful God is! There is no other God like Him. The gods that the world and Satan have invented are never like Him. All the gods of the earth are demanding, exacting, needy, angry, judgmental gods.
The world would have us believe the same thing about the God of Heaven but the caricature of God that you see portrayed on TV, in books, and movies looks nothing like the God of the Bible. The God that they wickedly portray and mock looks nothing like the God of the Bible. We even allow them to affect what we think of God which is even more wicked.
The God of the Bible is a God that forgives sin like no other. He not only forgives sin but pays for our sin with His own sacrifice. He forgives us when we do not deserve it, did nothing to merit it, and forgives sin simply because of how good He is.
Though sin and rebellion may anger Him He doesn’t stay angry. He is not an angry God. He even paid the price of my rebellion and took His anger against sin on Himself instead of on me.
He delights, loves to be a God of mercy. He enjoys forgiving. He enjoys being kind to me. He enjoys not giving me what I deserve. No other God could even be imagined like Him.
Even if you are dealing with the consequences of sin He is not far off. He is not finished with you. He has not left you. He will yet show compassion on you.
He will defeat our sin and rebellion. He will dispose of it in the depths of the sea. He will forgive us and never hold our sin against us.
All of these words were written to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and Samaria. These words were written to the Old Testament people. These words are not found in the New Testament yet they reveal the character of our great God. He is wonderful.
I am ashamed of the times I allow myself to think that He doesn’t love me. I am ashamed of the times I allow thoughts in my head about whether or not He wants to use me. I am embarrassed about the times that I doubt if He wants to do great things in my life and ministry. I hope you are rejoicing in His love right now!