Darkness Doesn’t Last Forever
Read Micah Chapter 7
Mic 7:8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. 9 Because I have sinned against Him, I will bear the LORD’S wrath, until He pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see His righteousness.
Does this passage ring a bell with you? It does with me. After a period of sinning, God always has called me back unto Him. When that happens, I go through a period of darkness. I used to think that that period of darkness was evidence that my Savior had not forgiven me. I used to believe that ‘this time’, I had strayed too far from God and forgiveness was not a possibility. Fortunately, these verses, and some others as well, have helped me to realize that it is normal that we go through a period of sadness over our willful disobedience.
The Israelites often paid a price for their rebellion, and so have I. In this discourse from Micah, there are some beautiful assurances for us that we are indeed forgiven. The prophet began by stating that the plight of the Israelites was not a permanent situation. The next thought is that “Yes, I have fallen, but it’s not the end of the story.” Here are our sources of comfort we can cling to when we are enduring the aftermath of our sinfulness.
1. “Though I have fallen, I will rise.” – When you and I are despairing over our sins, remember this: we will once again rise.
2. “Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” – No matter how dark our sorrow may be, the Lord is still our source of light. He will eventually shed His light into our situation and rescue us from our gloom.
3. “He will plead my case and establish my right.” – This is also a promise from the New Testament. In it we learn that our Savior, Jesus Christ, sits at the right hand of God, continually interceding in our behalf.
4. “He will bring me out into the light; I will see His righteousness.” – Why is it important that the Israelites see His righteousness? Why is it important that WE see His righteousness? There’s a pretty simple answer; our redemption, our forgiveness, depends upon only one thing – His righteousness. We will not be able to provide our own righteousness in order to once again walk in harmony with God. It is the righteousness of Christ which will bring about our deliverance.
The writer penned this passage with the greatest of confidence. He knew without any doubt that his time and the Israelites’ time of sitting in the dark would not last forever. We can have that same confidence after we have sinned; not because of anything we have done, but because our Savior has promised that He will bring it about. His righteousness has paved the way for each of us, fully repentant and hating the deeds we have done, to receive complete reestablishment of our right-standing with God. It is as sure as God Himself.
If forgiveness for our disobedience came about with nothing more than a passing “I’m sorry, Lord,” we could sin repeatedly, over and over, and never have to go through a time of darkness. I agree that does happen sometimes. Our merciful God does not always force us to bear His wrath as noted in verse 9. But when He is dealing with one of His most stubborn children, of which I am the poster child, some amount of sitting in a dark corner is necessary. I’ve seen plenty of it. But I know now, and I hope you do too, that God will never, never, NEVER, leave us in that cold, dark room.
Prayer: Father, Your faithfulness and Your righteousness are my only hope. I thank You from the bottom of my heart; that You have clearly shown me the dark side of my sinfulness. I thank You that Your deliverance will always come about. I have borne Your wrath, as Micah related, and I really didn’t enjoy the experience. But in Your love, You pleaded my case and brought me out into the light. Thank You, my Lord and Savior!