The prophet Micah
lived in very uncertain times. His people were constantly under attack from enemy armies seeking to take them captive. And it would be as God had said...
The faithful have been
swept from the land;
not one upright person remains.
Everyone lies in wait to shed blood;
they hunt each other with nets.
Both hands are skilled in doing evil;
the ruler demands gifts,
the judge accepts bribes,
the powerful dictate what they desire ...
they all conspire together.
The best of them is like a brier,
the most upright
worse than a thorn hedge.
The day God visits you has come,
the day your watchmen
sound the alarm.
Now is the time of your confusion.
Do not trust a neighbour;
put no confidence in a friend.
Micah 7:2-5 NIV
So his claim
to watch in hope for the Lord sounds more remarkable to me than ever. I mean, I can say these words from my comfortable life because I don't have anyone lying in wait to shed blood in my neighborhood. (At least I don't think so)
This makes the cry
of Micah's heart all the more beautiful. Because he realizes the depth of what is going on... the prophecy being fulfilled because Israel has fallen so far away from God; has become a people who no longer worships Him but bows to false gods. And here he confesses...
Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be my light.
Because I have sinned against Him,
I will bear the Lord’s wrath,
until He pleads my case
and upholds my cause.
He will bring me out into the light;
I will see His righteousness.
Micah 7:8-9 NIV
Oh that I would learn
from this humble example of the prophet, what it means to wait on the Lord... in good times and bad, in confusion and discord. Always confessing that He is right and righteous.
Bethlehem seemed an overwhelmed land.
A small town in a sea of conquerors.
This was in the days of Judah's captivity.
Yet God had established a great plan.
A mystery woven; A seed planted;
many years before...
in the beginning of time.
One who would come forth to rule.
Not in the way men anticipated.
Not with sword, nor crown.
But One walking in sandals,
with outstretched hands,
speaking gentle words.
Do you know Him?
Have you heard His words?
"Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:18-30 HCSB
How will He rule if His life ends upon a cross?
Let us not limit Him to this earthly reign.
For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
But this throne upon which He sits
is not in Heaven alone.
For there is a high place
in each human heart.
A sacred seat of worship where
we look to what matters most.
What is it we wake to?
What drives and propels us?
What gives us hope and help?
Who and what have we seated
on the throne of our heart?
For it is that which we bow to daily.
Let it not be...
the worries, stress and
perfection of this broken world.
Let it not be...
the constant choking
of our calling due to comparison.
But rather, let it be
the One who can carry our burden,
the One who can shoulder our cares.
Let Jesus be the One true
Humble Ruler Within us today.
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