Who wouldn’t enjoy reflecting on God’s forgiveness? How He loves to free us from our sins. After all, He’s crazy about us! He gladly lets go of our waywardness. We hear that ‘…(He) delights to show mercy’ (Micah 7: 18).
If it were me, I’d forgive reluctantly, with lots of strings attached! Not our God! He delights to forgive us, His inheritance (v.18). Quite the different attitude from little old me!
Verse 19 says that God has a big heart of compassion. A passion to get close to us, not only during good times. We crave to be near their children and grandchildren. Could God be any different?
I remember taking a social mobility test years ago for a job I not only wanted but needed. Had no idea what the test questions were leading to and concluding about me. No idea, silly me! But I was honest and answered all those weird questions about how I would handle certain situations. How I’d best like to use my free time– playing cards or reading. What did this test reveal my social mobility?
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on paper. Must be a mix-up. Had someone else’s scores. They said I was ‘distant and aloof’. How dare they! I’m going off by myself and they can go fly a kite! Distant and aloof! Don’t bother me!
Well, I got the job anyway and did quite well. Who knows? Maybe I am distant and aloof, but what I do know for sure is that God is not. He’s filled with compassion. He loves us and loves to be near us.
Remember, He’s never far away. Never! He passes that test every time!
Thank you, Lord, for being so close to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.