Shaking Your Fist at God

Scott Stevenson

"I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication."  Micah 7:9

How many times have you heard people blame God for something?  The majority of the time the problem is directly related to sin.  You have heard the statement, “cause and effect”?  We do things that are bad and expect a good outcome.  We also do bad things over and over and expect a good result.  This is behavior typical of insanity, but yet we do it.

As some of us may or may not know, the result of sin is death.  God does not like sin, and when the Lord Jesus Christ defeated sin, it was a bloody and painful endeavor.  There is nothing good about sin and yes; God hates it.  I want you to know that when we sin, it provides a reason for heavenly discipline.  Because I sin, it shows that the judgment is deserved…cause and effect.

I want to implore you to follow the advice of Micah 7:9.  When you sin against the Lord…own it!!!  Please don’t follow the model of the world by justifying or blame shifting.  Observe your world today, and ask yourself how often you see people owning up to their wrongs.  My little 4-year old nephew was brought to me to talk about an incident that involved him stealing.  I asked him about the incident, and it broke my heart to see how hard it was for him to tell me about it.  Once he finally told me what happened, I explained what was wrong with stealing.  I hugged him and told him not to do it again and to honor God.  This little guy probably has more Bible verses memorized than most people walking around.  Young or old, we all have to deal with sin.  At that moment, he understood that it was alright to confess and change.

Proverbs 28:13 tells us: "Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy."

Apply Micah 7:9 and bear the discipline of the Lord.  At the time Micah was written, Israel and Judah rebelled against the Lord and they received strong discipline.  If you read Micah, you will know that I’m using very light language when I say strong discipline.  They were able to bear the discipline because it was temporary.  We know this by the word “until”.  Just like the blood of Jesus blots out all of my sins, God will make things right for his children, until He pleads my cause and executes judgment for me.  We see that at some point in the future, Israel placed their faith in Lord.  The last part of the verse says, "He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication (salvation)."  When God makes a promise to us, He doesn’t break it.  Keep your faith in Him to make it right.

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