The Faithfulness and Mercy of a Covenant God

“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”
(Micah 7:8)

Oh, the faithfulness and mercy of a covenant God!

Though at a low ebb in Micah’s time, God’s people here voice a sentiment of triumph. The fact is, they had fallen and we also fall all too frequently. But, the mercy of God gives us confidence that God’s grace will enable us to rise again.

What do you do when you fall, or when you see so very clearly the depths of darkness in your heart and life?

Repent and confess is what we must do. We must acknowledge our short-comings before God. Glossing over our sins and shrugging them off as “no big deal” is not the goal.

However, the Lord would not have us stay focused on our sins. He would also have us be encouraged that we can and will rise again by His grace. Those who are included the everlasting covenant of grace have the sure promise that God will not turn away from His people, but will be faithful to work His grace in us.

Micah was encouraged that our great enemies will not have the last laugh and cannot fully and finally overcome genuine believers (I John 5:4). His confidence in rising again was not in himself, but in the grace of a faithful God.

By Timothy Guess

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