Who [is] a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth [in] mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Mic 7:18-19 (KJV)
Humanly, when we are in need of something desperately we expect others to understand it that way and give it the same considerations and the same weight as we have given it. Something that touches us deeply should touch others the same way. We always expect sympathy and empathy from those around us. I have seen in some cultures where there is a death people come in great numbers and there is a wailing without tears only loud sounds that mimic cry but it is only meant to make some think they have been touched and probably make the bereaved feel they are loved. There are places where they hire people to moan, call them ‘professional moaners’.
We have made God our object of fulfillment. We expect everything from God but give in nothing. We expect Him to react in favor of our cry or calling or in supplying what we consider to be our need. Yet God has a greater mission with us than we have imagined it to be. What we consider need is a minor compare to what He is intending to do in and for us. It is not about engaging Him, it is about letting Him do what is good for us in totality. It is about Him engaging us for our own sakes.
Who is like unto HIM? He came to save us out of his love for us. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8 We have become recipients of big gifts that only Heaven can give. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Rom 5:6
We can now continue to receive great wonderful gifts that we may never be able to comprehend their meaning while still in sin, till we get to heaven; such gifts as MERCY, COMPASSION and PARDON (found in our main text) how can we understand them while sin seems to be our way of life. What is pardon, how does it transform me or affect me? What measure of power is in this pardon; what is Mercy? How does it work in God and out of God? How does it possess power? What does it do to me living in sin? Well, even theology cannot begin to scratch the surface of these gifts. We should join Job in acknowledging God’s infinity “God thunders with his voice in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.” Job 37:5
Isn’t it enough to know that he is not like us? Why then not let Him be God? It may be enough for us to know we are His creation for us to recognize our place and allow Him to be what He wills in our lives. I may not understand what God’s Mercy means, but His word indicates it to be something I should not ignore or miss out and that goes with everything He says.
I want to adopt the position of – anything goes for me, as long as it is of God. This should be your position as well.
By A. Eliamani