I’ve been so self-centered, so blinded and numb to my sin, filling my mind with temporary entertainment and pleasures of the world rather than the things of God, slowly hardening my heart over time. And I was becoming more and more okay with it. There was less of a struggle, less resistance, less of a fight over my sin.
I finally read my Bible for the first time in several weeks. I was reading Micah and God really gave me a wake up call to the reality of my sin against a holy, just God who judges his people.
Micah talks about how Israel has rebelled against God for over 500 years, full of injustice, bribery, and depriving the poor of their land. Micah talks about how God has removed his protection over Israel and will seek vengeance and wrath on the nations that do not obey. BUT he also talks about the hope and restoration we have that a future king will be born to rule over the land and restore peace on the earth (pointing to JESUS). A new Jerusalem will be established.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
This is what God requires of his people. This is what God requires of me. And yet how much I have failed to do so, to walk with the Lord and to seek to obey him and love him with all my heart, soul, and mind.
“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.” Micah 7:18-20
There is NO ONE like our God. Even when we fail him time and time again, he passes over our iniquities and shows compassion, steadfast love, and faithfulness. Our sin makes us deserving of death and God’s eternal wrath. Yet through CHRIST and his death on the cross, God’s wrath has been justified, we are seen as righteous before God because of CHRIST’S righteousness, and we are redeemed as His people … he casts our sins into the depths of the sea. And because of that we are able to enter into the presence of the Lord … because we have been saved.
Oh what a sweet, sweet gift that is. And how easily I squander it and take grace for granted.
God, help me to HATE my sin, help me to fight laziness and apathy, and to fight for JOY in Christ, to fight for HOLINESS because You are holy.
You are worthy to be praised. I am but dust. Humble my heart, help me to cut off sin and to be filled with righteousness, to be filled with the Spirit and the things of God, by your grace alone.