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God Is Forgiving

"He will turn again; He will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:19)

Have you ever wondered if God has really forgiven you of your sin after you've confessed it to Him, and asked His forgiveness? Do you fear there's a possibility that He'll hold your sin against you in the future? In our verse for today, God compares His forgiveness of our sins as if He has thrown them "into the depths of the sea."

Consider the following amazing facts about the deepest part of the sea:

• The deepest point of the Pacific Ocean is called the "Marianas Trench."

• Its depth is 36,089 ft. (nearly 7 miles!)

• The lowest part of the Marianas Trench is called the "Challenger Deep."

"Mt. Everest could fit into the Challenger Deep and its peak still be covered by over a mile and a quarter of ocean. If you dropped a steel ball into the Challenger Deep from a ship, the ball would fall through the ocean for sixty-three minutes before it hit bottom." (Science 5 for Christian Schools, Second Edition, BJU Press, 1990, page 31.)

Just think what that means! The deepest part of the sea could completely cover Mt. Everest! Now, with that thought in mind, read Micah 7:19 once more. God is giving us a wonderful illustration to show us that our sins are forgiven for all eternity. We read in Jeremiah 31:34b, "For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." You will never have to wonder again whether your confessed sin will be forgiven by God. He has "cast all your sin into the depths of the sea."

Spend some time today in prayer thanking God for His assurance that your sins are forgiven. Another good verse to memorize would be 1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

God forgives our sins and puts them far away from Him.

My Response:
» Have I been doubting God's promises about forgiven sin?
» How can I show others that I rejoice in an amazing, forgiving God?

Truth In Real Life

Description of God

Thou God Seest Me - El Ra'i
Genesis 16:13 "And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?"


Question & Answer

QWhat Scripture shows us that God is greater than us?

AIsa 55:8-9 -- For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.


BIG Christian Word

Covenant - (kuv'a'nunt)

A covenant is a divine, unchangeable, legal agreement between God and man. It is binding and is meant for someone to do something, or to keep someone from doing a specific thing. (Genesis 9:9) "And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;"