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.
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