Years ago, I purchased a novel at a local bookstore that was an epic three-part story. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the narrative, so I only invested in the first volume of the trilogy. When I got home, I sat down on the couch, poured myself a cup of tea, and got lost in the drama. The conflict was fierce, and I had no idea how the tangled plot twists could possibly turn around and result in a favorable outcome.
When I reached the last page of the book, I was fully invested. The cliffhanger ending left me hungry for more – because just one part of a story is never fully satisfying. I could hardly wait to read the rest.
The exciting story in Micah 5 reminds me of that same trilogy. Micah describes an epic battle where a new ruler rises up from obscurity. This hero saves the people of Israel who were surrounded by the adversary’s military forces. But that’s only the first section of the story.
If you stop reading at part one, you miss the even grander narrative that follows. Our Savior was born in Bethlehem to rescue us from the clutches of the enemy of our soul. And, an even grander victory is still coming at the end of the ages when Christ returns to reign forever and wipes out the foe once and for all.
Maybe right now you are really dissatisfied about the current page of your narrative. Perhaps you are in the middle of a tumultuous conflict and you are worried about what’s next. You can trust God with your story. He has promised us a spectacular ending.
While we wait for our epic victory to come, Micah reminds us to keep reading and to keep looking to Jesus. As our story unfolds, we can trust that our Hero is:
- coming forth to rule and reign over all the earth in power. (v.2)
- controlling every detail of our lives since the first ancient day of creation. (v.2)
- restoring the lives of His repentant children and bringing them rest. (v.3)
- securing, guiding, and providing for his flock with tender care. (v.4)
- bringing the peace of His presence and deliverance to His own. (v.5-6)
Never forget – Jesus is the hero of your story. He came to earth and took on flesh to rescue you, and He is returning for you soon.
This story is not over yet. God is still writing redemption in our world, and we should keep looking forward with anticipation. The Master Storyteller will unravel all the tangled plot twists of our lives and bring a beautiful restoration.
Keeping the Faith,
Lyli Dunbar enjoys singing silly karaoke in the car with her husband, digging into Bible study with the girls, and reading 12 books at a time. A writer, speaker, and Biblical Life Coach, her mission is to encourage the weary hearted with fuel for a wildfire faith. Stop by lylidunbar.com to grab faith fuel for your day or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.