“As You Swore In Days Gone By” ( Micah 7: 18 – 20, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“Who is a god like You? You take away guilt, You pass over the sin of the remnant of Your own people, You do not let Your anger rage for ever but delight in love that will not change. Once more You will show us tender affection and wash out our guilt, casting all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show good faith to Jacob, unchanging love to Abraham, as You did swear to our fathers in days gone by.”

“And Mary says: ‘Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord, rejoice, rejoice, my spirit, in God my saviour… His Name is Holy; His mercy sure from generation to generation toward those who fear Him; the deeds His own right arm has done disclose His might: the arrogant of heart and mind He has put to rout, He has brought down monarchs from their thrones, but the humble have been lifted high. The hungry He has satisfied with good things, but the rich sent empty away. He has ranged Himself at the side of Israel His servant; firm in His promise to our forefathers, He has not forgotten to show mercy to Abraham and his children’s children, for ever.’ ” (Luke 1:46-47,49-55)

God does not forget. He remembers His promises. He takes away guilt; He casts all our sins into the sea. His love is unchanging; His mercy sure. He satisfies the hungry; and sends away the rich. He heals the sick; and questions the healthy, saying: “I guess you have no need of Me?” He routs the arrogant; and lifts the humble. He does not forget His promises to the remnant of His people — those He loves and calls according to His purpose.

“Shall I Offer My Firstborn” ( Micah 6: 7, NIV ) by Carley Evans


“What does the Lord require?” (Micah 6:8) Does He require “the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” (Micah 6:7) Does He desire the sacrifice of “my firstborn for my transgressions?” (Micah 6:7) Does He demand sacrifice of me? Or, does He ask me “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [my] God.” (Micah 6:8)

He cries out to me that He requires me “to fear [His] Name [which] is wisdom –[and He says,] ‘Heed the rod and the One who appoints it.'” (Micah 6:9)

“Though I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light. Because I sin against Him, I bear the Lord’s wrath, until He pleads my case and establishes my right. He brings me out into the light; I see His righteousness. Then my enemy sees it and is covered with shame, she who says to me, ‘Where is the Lord your God?’ My eyes see her downfall; even now she is trampled underfoot like mire in the streets.” (Micah 7:8-10)

She tells me continuously I must do this but not that, go here but not there, be this but not that — but, God says to me: “The day for building your walls is here.” (Micah 7:11)

“Who is a God like You, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You again have compassion on [me]; You tread [my] sins underfoot and hurl [my] iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:18-19)

Therefore, I “remember [my] journey” and I “know the righteous acts of the Lord.” (Micah 6:5)