In Micah, chapter seven, a lot of feeling is expressed amidst the people of Israel, yet in chapter five, verses 1 to 3 warns of Israel’s abandonment. ‘But one from Bethlehem will come from me (the clans of Judah) who will be Ruler over Israel and whose origins are from old and ancient times. Verse 4, in contrast, states ‘He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. AND HE WILL BE THEIR PEACE.
So this is written in faith about a new ruler. But then we read about Israel’s guilt and punishment where he talks of violent rich men, people who are liars and speak with deceitful tongues. Verse 13: Therefore, I have begun to destroy and ruin you because of sin.’ Here, we confront feelings, ‘deprived of their power, will lay hands over their mouths with shame and ears become deaf. Unable to hear or speak freely, feelings rise up from their hearts. Yet still available (11) is prayer and praise with God, ‘as in the days of when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders. Nations will see and be ashamed.’ What grace and mercy!
This loving God, verse 18:‘ Who is a God like you, who pardons sins and forgives transgressions of the remnant of his inheritance?’ He delights to see mercy and have compassion on us to tread our sins underfoot in his eternal FORGIVENESS.
So, in your life, weigh up the faith, feelings and forgiveness in your every encounter
and to be blessed by it.