Micah is not a common book we hear from on a regular Friday night. Typically, the book is regarded as mysterious and sometimes the passages may seem irrelevant to today’s 21st century. However, as we take a closer look at the book, the mysteriousness begins to fade away, and a clearer vision of God’s profound lessons and messages is seen. The invaluable treasures found in this minor prophet — the relatable sufferings of Micah in his generation, the overtones of judgment and salvation traced throughout the book, and the promise and foreshadowing of Jesus Christ — points us to God’s faithful character, encouraging our hearts to hope and ponder deeply on the profound words spoken ages ago in Micah.
What I love about the overview of Micah is the display of God’s steadfast faithfulness to His people. He doesn’t leave us alone in our chaotic state of injustice, human governance, lovelessness, greed, treatment of the poor, and so much more, but gives us guidance through the lessons of Micah. I am reminded that this book is a provision and grace from God, who cares deeply about our own personal struggles with the chaotic society around us. Secondly, the overtones of judgment and salvation traced throughout the book reveal God’s faithful plan to judge the wicked and save sinners for the glory of His name. He gives a glimpse of God’s redemptive plan by foreshadowing the ministry of Jesus Christ, which now, centuries later, we can see God’s faithfulness in bringing this plan into fruition. This display of God’s faithfulness gives me faith and perseverance to press on in this world — whether it would be enduring the implications of the pandemic or reaching out to maintain deep fellowship — because I have hope that our faithful God is still in the process of fulfilling the promises He has made in His Word and to His children.
As a response to God’s faithfulness displayed in Micah, we can wholeheartedly pursue loving one another deeply, persevering in a chaotic world, and forbearing in faith as we live on in this life. His steadfast character and His promise to trample sin gives us the hope to cling to as we navigate the ups and downs of life’s trials and joys. Much of this has reminded me of the verses founded in Hebrews 10: 23-25:
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
10.23.2020 Fall 2020 Week Three