Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old. (Micah 7:18-20)
During this time of pandemic, I sense that our trust of others has been severely affected. People almost recoil when they hear that someone else has “touched” something. Walking through the aisle at the store, people will jump out of the way to avoid others. And to be sure, people are scared. We are told that some people may be carrying the coronavirus and not even know it.
In this sense, the Prophet Micah would very much fit into our times. “Don’t trust anyone,” was Micah’s advice as he looked around to see how thoroughly sin had corrupted his society (7:5). And really, who could blame him? Who can blame us?
Yet, the Bible tells us that there is One we can trust. In fact, that’s what the passage above is all about. As humans down through the ages have sought the truth, rarely, if ever, have they discovered it on their own. Instead, most of the time, humans end up creating their own gods. Like the Israelites at the foot of Mount Sinai, people have formed their own golden calves, sometimes without even realizing it. In the Large Catechism, Luther observes that in whatever people put their trust, that is their god. So, the question remains, do you worship the true God?
In the text quoted above, the Prophet Micah sees the true God as He is. In fact, that’s what lies behind Micah’s question in verse 18 – Who is a God like you? Clearing away all the clutter, Micah focuses the reader on what’s really important: God pardons iniquity; God forgives transgressions; God does not retain His anger; and God delights in steadfast love. God will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot … He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea (v. 19). And best of all, God will be faithful to His promise of sending the Savior (v. 20).
Throughout history, our Lord has consistently done those things. He’s never once failed to act according to His Word. He’s always forgiving His penitent people. Indeed, who is like Him? Who can compare to Him? The answer is, “No one!”
And so, instead of entertaining those who claim to be gods but are not, we worship the true God, the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is no God like Him! There is no God like Him – who was so concerned about us that He took on human flesh and became one of us! There is no God like Him – who willingly allowed Himself to be betrayed, beaten, spit upon and nailed to a cross! There is no God like Him – who took all of our shortcomings and failures upon Himself in order to bear our punishment! There is no God like Him – who died our death so that we might experience real forgiveness! There is no God like Him – who came to life again on the third day and now gives eternal life to all who trust in Him!
Keep growing in faith in Him – through His Word and Sacraments and trusting in Him – in light of anything and everything you may face throughout the summer days ahead! There is, indeed, no God like Him!