Have you ever felt that your life was simply imploding in on you? Whether we want to admit it or not, we cannot control everything and everyone in our lives. So, what do we do when the world turns upside down? Today, we will see how Micah responds after Israel refuses to listen to his message.
In this section of Micah, we see a more intimate look at the prophet. He has issued oracles to Israel and now he pauses for a personal lament. In these seven verses, we see how the nation’s sin and refusal to turn to righteousness has inflicted Micah.
The prophet begins with a heart-wrenching cry, illustrating his personal grief as well as his remorse for the ill that will fall to the people. Micah likens his situation to that of a farmer who has tended a vineyard yet reaps none of the fruit. While he toiled to bring the people to repentance, his labor was in vain. Micah then announces that there are no faithful followers left in the land.
In verse 3, Micah begins to lament over the various sins of the nation. They have turned from all moral standards in leadership. Loyalties between friends have deteriorated. Even the familial bond is broken. It seems that the very fabric that holds the nation together is being ripped apart in front of Micah.
Yet, Micah watches in hope. He watches and waits for the Lord. Even while everything around him falls apart, He waits for God His Savior. He waits because he knows his God will hear him.
Sometimes, friend, it may seem that you have worked so hard, only to have no one hear you. You may feel that no one understands. But the Lord hears you and understands your situation. He is working in and through it all. In the middle of the trial, our call as believers is to stay faithful, watch in hope, and wait, knowing God our Savior will hear us.
In what area are you currently struggling to maintain faithfulness in the waiting? How can reflecting on the character of God as Savior help give you hope?
As our Micah study comes to a close on Friday, we’d like to invite you to join us for our next study beginning on June 10th! Our summer study is called Walking In Victory and we will be going through the book of Joshua for six weeks!
Joshua teaches us to remember the promises God has given us and to trust God in everything He calls us to do.
Through the book of Joshua, God shows us how to walk in victory.
Walking in victory relies on God´s promises but it´s not passive. It requires action from us to believe those promises and live in them every day. Israel owned the land because of God’s gracious covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1–5), but their enjoyment of the land depended on their faithful obedience to God.
The same God who was with Joshua and the Israelites is with us today. He has given us the same promises and He wants us to claim the inheritance He has already given us.
Invite your friends and join us on June 10th as we go through this powerful summer study!