“…You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 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 7:18-19
We must never treat sin lightly, but after confessing it we must not allow ourselves to become enslaved by it. Paul wrote, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). Christ has dumped our sin, as Micah states “into the depths of the sea.”
This was made real to me while flying from the Island of Guam to Saipan. The pilot came over the intercom and announced, “Folks we are now flying over the deepest part of the ocean known to man.” I grabbed my Bible, opened to this passage in Micah and made a note of the Marianas Trench, logged at 36,201 feet, over a mile deep. What a picture for us of God once-and-for-all throwing out our sins, never to be retrieved. Gone.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins…” (1 John 1:9). Don’t give evil any more place in your life. God’s redemptive work in Christ has covered you. He wants you alive and well, not entangled in the arms of sin.
“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” (Psalm 32:1)