Micah 7 … Consider Him Who Delights in Unchanging Love

Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in unchanging love,
(7:18).

I opened His Word in need this morning. But after reading Micah’s opening words, I got ready to brace myself for this leg of the journey. I felt certain it would be a bumpy road ahead, as Micah bemoaned the condition of his people. And perhaps you, like me, found yourself relating to his apt description that ushered in his grief, unbelief, and shock over the distressing state of his nation.

Woe is me! For I am
Like the fruit pickers, like the grape gatherers.
There is not a cluster of grapes to eat,
Or a first-ripe fig which I crave.
The godly person has perished from the land,
And there is no upright person among men.
All of them lie in wait for bloodshed;
Each of them hunts the other with a net,
(7:1-2).

And remembering that Micah’s message alternated between doom and hope, I wondered if his prophecy would end as it had begun, landing squarely on His judgment.

Hear, O peoples, all of you;
Listen, O earth and all it contains,
And let the Lord God be a witness against you,
The Lord from His holy temple.
For behold, the Lord is coming forth from His place.
He will come down and tread on the high places of the earth,
(Micah 1:2-3).

And yes, the reality of judgment is expressed, but greater than that is where we find ourselves at the culmination of Micah’s prophetic words. For not once, but twice, the Lord repeats that His Love is Unchanging, and that He Delights in that about Himself.

Delights: 2655. חָפֵץ ḥāp̱ēṣ: An adjective meaning having delight in, having pleasure in. It modifies both humans and God, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

God’s Unchanging Love brings Him pleasure! That is enough to consider for the rest of our days!

And today, we conclude this book with His message of hope, His message that will remind us that He is an Unchanging God of compassion and forgiveness, of truth and restoration; and because He is faithful to Himself, that brings Him pleasure, as He Delights in Unchanging Love.

Consider Him Who Delights in Unchanging Love

His Love is Unchanging because He Is Unchanging. And of course, as we consider Him Who Delights in Unchanging Love, we will see Jesus.

“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed,” (Malachi 3:6).

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever, (Hebrews 13:8).

The last three verses of the book of Micah provide infinite hope for yesterday, today, and every tomorrow. For as Micah prophesied of the coming restoration, he was looking ahead to the promised Messiah.

And who else is like Him? Who else generously offers forgiveness, willfully relinquishes His anger, and finds Delight in that? He does not begrudgingly offer His mercy and forgiveness because He Delights in Unchanging Love.

Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in unchanging love,
(7:18).

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

Because He Delights in Unchanging Love, He is Unchanging in His compassion to fully forgive and abolish all condemnation for those who place their faith in Christ.

He will again have compassion on us;
He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast all their sins
Into the depths of the sea,
(7:19).

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (Romans 8:1).

Because He Delights in Unchanging Love, He is Unchanging in His faithfulness to His covenant, giving His blessing of truth and love as He promised.

You will give truth to Jacob
And unchanging love to Abraham,
Which You swore to our forefathers
From the days of old,
(7:20).

in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith, (Galatians 3:14).

How do we respond to Him Who Delights in Unchanging Love?

This chapter is replete with responses, and worth our time to study that we would be equipped for the days we live in.

And while Micah is distraught over the sin of his people, he did not deny that he also was guilty before his Holy God. Micah openly acknowledged his sin before his people, and willing accepted that he deserved God’s indignation, placing himself solely at the mercy of Him Who Delights in Unchanging Love. And in humility, Micah believed he would be brought into the light of His Unchanging righteousness.

I will bear the indignation of the Lord
Because I have sinned against Him,
Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me.
He will bring me out to the light,
And I will see His righteousness,
(7:9).

There is no doubt that the pull can be strong to fix our disgust on the wickedness we see in our culture, while turning a blind eye to our own offenses, and banking on His Unchanging Love to tread softly on our sins.

Oh, let us learn from Micah, that we would live in resolute expectation of the future He has promised because He Delights in Unchanging Love. But let us also be active in self-examination, that we would keep a “short sin list,” as we humbly confess our own sins, that He would then make us fit to intercede for others.

“and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

As we humble ourselves before Him, let us trust that because He Delights in Unchanging Love, we will know the Delight of His faithful love and mercies that are new every morning; and that truly is infinite hope for yesterday, today, and every tomorrow!

Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
24 I say: The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in Him,
(Lamentations 3:22-24).

Let’s Grow Together!

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