Once while snorkeling, I adjusted my mask and knocked out an earring. It spiraled down to the ocean floor, where it was quickly covered by shifting sand. When it comes to the sea, what’s gone is gone.
When a gracious God handles our shame, the same is true. “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).
If we don’t hunger for forgiveness, those words don’t mean much. Micah lived during a time of prosperity. God’s people were living the kind of comfortable lives that people of all-time figure God owes them. Easy lives led God’s people to put him on a shelf and instead worship idols, money, and social position. They paid pastors to preach what they wanted to hear. They trampled society’s underlings underfoot.
Micah warned the people of God’s disastrous anger, but he also reminded them of God’s compassion.
Micah’s world sounds awfully familiar. We comfortable Christians often give God less adoration than we give our social media accounts. But when guilt and shame invade our hearts, our Instagram followers can’t help us. We need a God of compassion.
And we have one. God sent his Son, who took the heat of hell in our place. He takes our sins and hurls them into the sea. We are forgiven, and how this lightens our hearts! Don’t fish for the sin and guilt Jesus has removed.
What’s gone is gone.