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February 21, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.”—Micah 7:7 (NASB)
I used to be a news junkie. Even as a young girl, I would listen in as my dad watched the evening news. When news became a 24-hour-a-day parade of politics, crime, and human interest stories, I absorbed all I could.
Then, little by little, I found that watching the news made me indignant, depressed, disgusted, and detached. I asked my husband one day, “Do you remember that song by Anne Murray? The one about how we could use ‘a little good news today’? Well, I don’t know about you, but as for me, I’m checking out. I need a little good news.”
So, I can relate to the prophet Micah’s cry “Woe is me!” (Micah 7:1). Micah was on the front line of the moral depravity and impoverishment of Israel. Matthew Henry wrote Micah lamented “the woeful decay of religion in the age wherein he lived, and the deluge of impiety and immorality which overwhelmed the nation, which leveled the differences and bore down the fences, of all that is just and sacred.” It was a spiritually degenerate age, full of unrestrained corruption, both in the leaders and the people. When we look around at the world now, aren’t we also privy to the sad misfortunes of human greed, violence, and mistrust?
Like Micah, I decided to watch expectantly for the Lord. Yes, there are some things that are beyond my control, but what do I have in my possession that I can control? I have the God of my salvation. I have the good news of Jesus Christ. I have a mouth and a mind and the means to convey the love of God. For I know that my Redeemer lives! He sees me, He hears me, and when I cling in expectant hope to Him, I am comforted; I fear no evil. He is my Refuge and my Strength; my ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
If you read chapter 7 of Micah, you see a man in the depths of his despair. A man hedged under pressure, pressure felt by a nation of unbridled sin, knowing the indignation God was feeling and the judgment to follow. But this only drove him closer to the Lord. Though he lived in darkness, the Lord was a light to him (vs. 8). He chose to watch for God’s redemptive justice and grace to relieve the pressure.
As for us, I pray we do the same.
DIG: Why was Micah so distraught?
DISCOVER: What choice did he make to deal with the pressures he was feeling?
DO: When the troubles of this world pressure you, remember that in Jesus we have perfect peace. In the midst of trouble, take heart, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33) and He will come again!