“For all the peoples walk each in the name of it’s god, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever.” Micah 4:5
Today’s reading offers incredible hope for those who walk in the name of LORD. We see God announcing a promised future for His people. This new kingdom will consist of peace and prosperity—no more tears, pain or death. There will no longer be war, loss, or conflict between nations and peoples. God will reign supreme and His people will benefit from His perfect justice and ways, a reflection of the character and nature of His great name.
Many believe that this time of peace will be in the latter days, a millennial period when God will rule on earth and dwell among His people. An amazing thought! His people will be represented by many cultures, races and nationalities, a beautiful and powerful result of our obedience to disciple the nations.
There will be worldwide peace. The LORD will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths.
But to walk in the name of the LORD, we must know His name. And to know His name, we must not only know about God, but know Him personally and intimately.
Don’t underestimate the significance of God’s name. The name of God represents His character and His nature. We come to understand His essence and His character when we develop intimacy with Him through His Word, the place He has divinely ordained to reveal Himself. When we believe in the one true God, we can walk confidently in His ways and trust in His name.
The promise of a peaceful new world is a beautiful expectancy that should move us to action, making us brave and courageous, willing to sacrifice. God will renew, redeem, and make all things right in the end. It places all of our temporary suffering into an eternal perspective.
Will you commit to diving into the Word to know God more intimately? Even when other ministries, churches, and individuals snorkel at the surface of holiness, will you be brave and dive deep? All the other ‘gods’ that we put on the throne of our hearts will fail us — relationships, family, security, comfort, and success. But the God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will never leave us, forsake us or fail us.
Sisters, as Micah so eloquently stated, our God is the Lord forever and ever. You know this. You’ve buried the truth in your hearts. Now what are you going to do with it?
You are more than faithful. Thank you for making all things right and for lovingly allowing your people to live in peace and prosperity. We don’t deserve it, but we are grateful that you dwell among us through the Spirit of Jesus Christ. You are a good and loving Father. Help us to walk in your promises with confidence that you will reign in justice and truth. Keep us from turning to useless idols for temporary satisfaction and joy. And remind us each and every day of your everlasting name. We love you. Amen.
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Angela Perritt is the founder and director of LoveGodGreatly.com, a nonprofit online Bible study ministry reaching thousands of women in over two hundred countries around the world with God’s Word through their translated Bible studies. She and her husband live in Dallas, Texas with their three daughters. Angela is passionate about God’s Word and believes one woman in God’s Word can change a family, community and ultimately a nation. Her greatest joy is to encourage her children and others to love God greatly with their lives one day at a time. You can connect with her on Instagram.