There is much we can learn from this short passage of Scripture. First, we have a forgiving God. He will not only pardon our sin, but he will pass them over – act as if they never happened. Sounds good right? I mean we are sinners through and through right? I know I am and the Apostle Paul reminds us “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Great news. Post over.
But wait, after pronouncing God's pardon, Micah says “He does not retain his anger forever.” Anger? God gets angry? I am no trained theologian and do not presume to know the mind of God, but I’m guessing the answer to that question is “Yes.” Just as any good father would, our Father in Heaven is displeased when we break the rules, when we sin. He loves us enough to discipline us, to correct us, and teach us in order to save us from ourselves so we may inherit eternal life. “For the Lord will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to pay back his anger in fury, and his rebuke in flames of fire. For by fire will the Lord execute judgment, and by his sword, on all flesh; and those slain by the Lord shall be many.” (Isaiah 66:15-26)
We need not live in fear of his wrath, though, because Micah goes on to say our Lord delights in showing clemency and the Psalmist writes: “For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) We live trusting that our debt has been paid in full by Christ’s death on the cross. God’s compassion and mercy cover all of our transgressions. Our sins have been cast into the depths of the sea.
In this brief passage from Micah, we also learn that God is faithful and will remain loyal to those whom he loves. Yes, that means you and me, even when we aren’t at our best. God promised Abraham that all nations would be blessed through him, that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars in the heavens. Christ, the most well-known of Abraham’s descendants, fulfills God’s promise of salvation for all of creation. “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29) God’s promise to bless Abraham is ours, too!
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the Good News of Jesus Christ. We trust in your grace and mercy, even though we know we do not deserve it. Help us to forgive those who sin against us, just as you forgive us when we sin against you. In the Name of the One you sent to save the world, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen
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