April 18, 2020
Good morning Salties and friends,
It’s going to be another beautiful day, I’m thankful the weather has stayed relatively cool, although I hear next week we’ll be in the 90’s. Kate and I have been walking several miles each day. We’ve had a chance to see a number of folks from Redemption on our walks in the Islands (keeping our distance of course.)
Each morning before working on our devotion I do my “quiet time”. Lately, I’ve been reading through the book of Micah, so I thought I’d take a quick break from Genesis. Micah held nothing back in his condemnation of Israel’s sin. Yet at the end of the book Micah makes a couple of powerful statements regarding God’s forgiveness of sin. He cries out in chapter 7 verse 18 “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.” Then in verse 19 “He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast our sins into the depths of the sea.” WOW! Micah’s name means “who is a God like you” of course there is nothing or no one in the universe like our God. His gracious & forgiving character is beyond belief. Here are some other Old Testament verses regarding God’s forgiveness that you can look up and be further encouraged. Psalm 102:12; Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 38:17; Jeremiah 31:34; Nehemiah 9:17; Daniel 9:9
However, sin cannot be merely overlooked by a God of perfect justice so ultimately, it is in the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus by which God accomplished the forgiveness of sins (Luke 24:44-48.) Forgiveness is something that we as guilty sinners no better than Israel in Micah’s time, have no right to expect or demand. Yet God in His sovereign grace forgives those whom He chooses to forgive (Ex 33:19.) It is simply a result of compassion and grace demonstrated by a Holy God.
Let’s take some time to thank Him today for the fact that He is a God who gives His people the great gift of forgiveness of our sins in Jesus.
In His great Name, Neil