Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love. Micah 7:18
The majority of the book of Micah is extremely tragic. Throughout much of the book, Micah and the Lord are lamenting Israel's rebellion, unfaithfulness, and sin. Micah also learns of the punishment Israel will face because of their unfaithfulness and disobedience. While this book contains much tragedy, there is a glimmer of hope. You see, Micah learns that God is not going to decimate Israel completely. Instead, there will be a group of Israelites known as "the remnant" who will be restored and redeemed. There is still hope for Israel. In the same way, there is still hope for you, despite your sin, rebellion, and disobedience.
Maybe you have been living in rebellion against God. Perhaps you have willfully been disobedient to Him. Maybe you have been living for yourself instead of serving God and others. The good news for you today is that there is hope. God desires to keep working in your heart and He will not stop working.
Because of God's faithfulness and restoration, Micah ends the entire book with a prayer where he praises God. He acknowledges God's work in the lives of the Israelites and cannot help but thank God and acknowledge His goodness. In the same way, God's love for us should lead us to recognize and praise Him for His goodness to us. His love and faithfulness know no end!
Today, consider God's faithfulness in your life. Regardless of what you have said or done, he has consistently been pursuing you and working in your life. He has been working even when you were sinning and turning away from Him. Even when life doesn't turn out the way that we wanted, we can say like Micah, "As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me" (Micah 7:7). His faithfulness should lead you to praise Him. Today, write out a prayer in the notes below praising God for His faithfulness.
Read Micah 7:14-20 (NLT)
O Lord, protect your people with your shepherd’s staff;
lead your flock, your special possession.
Though they live alone in a thicket
on the heights of Mount Carmel,
let them graze in the fertile pastures of Bashan and Gilead
as they did long ago.
“Yes,” says the Lord,
“I will do mighty miracles for you,
like those I did when I rescued you
from slavery in Egypt.”
All the nations of the world will stand amazed
at what the Lord will do for you.
They will be embarrassed
at their feeble power.
They will cover their mouths in silent awe,
deaf to everything around them.
Like snakes crawling from their holes,
they will come out to meet the Lord our God.
They will fear him greatly,
trembling in terror at his presence.
Where is another God like you,
who pardons the guilt of the remnant,
overlooking the sins of his special people?
You will not stay angry with your people forever,
because you delight in showing unfailing love.
Once again you will have compassion on us.
You will trample our sins under your feet
and throw them into the depths of the ocean!
You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love
as you promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago.