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 for ever, Because he delighteth in mercy (Micah 7:18 KJV)
Knowledge of God’s character is essential to our spiritual well-being. Jesus has said on several occasions that the world does not know the Father; that is why they did not know Him. One consequence of sin upon human nature is our inability to understand who God is.
The prophet Micah described aspects of the character of God using the words in the verse above. He starts with the rhetorical question, “who is a God like you”? He goes further to enumerate some qualities that set God apart from everyone in existence. Micah stated to God:
- Pardons iniquity.
- Passes by the sins of His people.
- Does not keep His anger forever.
- Delights in mercy.
The last part says that God takes pleasure in mercy. Micah dared to declare this revelation to a people who had a more significant experience of God’s judgment and anger than his mercy. The Law is not a genuine revelation of the character of God. Jesus in the New Testament is the complete revelation of the nature and personality of God. The Father is not only merciful but delights in showing mercy. He does not grumble in heaven when he pardons our sins or shows us undeserved kindness. He enjoys lavishing us with favor, compassion, and grace!
Please take a moment and reflect on the words from the above verse. Let each word and sentence resonate in your mind as you ponder over the character of God and how He relates to you.
Apply the Word
He is the compassionate God who takes pleasure in mercy. We can trust and depend on His character. We can always rely on Him. Believe His Word because He is who His Word says He is.
Bless the Father for who He is and for taking delight in showing us mercy.