Do Not Rejoice Over Me

Do Not Rejoice Over Me

The early prophet, Micah, was given to what some might consider negative preaching. He spoke mostly to the Judah but also condemned the northern ten tribes for their idolatry. Prophesying right before the devastation Assyria was meted out on the Ephraim, he warned the southern kingdom that a similar fate awaited them if they were not quick to turn back to God. Evidently, the great revival under King Hezekiah may well have been, in part, due to Micah’s warnings and encouragements.

A bright side to Micah’s otherwise gloomy predictions was in the conclusion of his book, where he gave Judah (and all those who will listen) an insight into how much God loves us. No matter that we are sinful, imperfect and flawed, no matter that we frequently fall into problems over and over again, and no matter that we often pursue God only after we’ve reached the end of our spiritual tether, He is faithful and available. Micah said:

Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me. 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 forth to the light; I will see His righteousness. Micah 7:8-9

It is a fact that God is always available. It is unfortunate that we must sometimes fall, blinded by darkness, into the sin that so easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1) but God is always ready to receive us back again, to bless us with forgiveness and restoration. The critical element in our salvation is our choosing to return to Him.

While there is breath, while you have the time, return to God. For “Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities” (Micah 7:18-19a).

Jeff Sweeten