Micah 7:7 Watching And Waiting For God In Prayer

But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

The nation was crumbling and being sent into exile. Those who were supposed to be leading people to follow God, were following idols. Punishment and destruction was coming all around Micah as he spoke the words of God. As he is watching all of this occurring, Micah says that he will watch in hope and wait for God. He will continue to pray to God, letting Him know his heart’s cry, knowing that God will hear Him and save him in the end.

Watching the news and seeing what is going on in this world can be very depressing and hopeless. Every day one can hear about a new battle somewhere, someone killing someone else, theft, lies, cheating, abuse and disasters. It looks as there is no reason for living and no hope to keep going forward.

Along with all those things the rise of the promotion of sin appears to be happening. Sin is promoted and even placed into the laws of the land. It appears as if God is no longer in control, or does not care anymore.

However, if you read the Bible, Jesus promised the days would get like this. People’s hearts would grow cold and turn away from God before Jesus would return in the end.

As a believer you must trust in the Lord for your salvation. Although it appears as though the world is winning the battle, they will not win the war in the end. There is coming a day when Jesus will return and destroy all sin for eternity.

Knowing this is knowing the blessed hope that you can have in Jesus. As you are watching and waiting for Jesus to save you for all eternity, you can be praying. Let God know what you are feeling and seeing. Pray that God will touch the hearts of many, drawing them to a salvation in Jesus. Pray that God will have mercy on you and all other believers.

As you are watching, waiting and praying, you can know that God will hear your cry. You can know in your heart that you are right with God through Jesus Christ. Do not fear this world or what is happening. God is your Savior.

I pray today that you will not fear this world; that you will trust in God alone; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will wait upon God; and that you will know that God hears all of your prayers.

Micah 6:3 God’s Complaint

“My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me.” Micah 6:3

God is asking them a simple question as to how He has been a burden to the. He had provided everything that they had needed since they were brought out of Egypt. God had given them land, food, and victory over their enemies many times. Yet, the Israelites chose to follow and serve other false gods.

People like to say that it is difficult to live as a Christian because there seems to be so many different rules. They see God as a harsh judge that just requires people to follow difficult rules and allows for no freedom.

Churches can often make this seem like the truth, that God is harsh. Rules are often made up on how a person is supposed to live and what he can and cannot do, that are not in the Bible. Some of these rules have been: cannot go to a movie theatre, cannot dance, cannot play cards, and the list goes on. These types of things can push a person away from God, rather than drawing him near.

Along with those types of rules, many churches or people are legalistic in following God. There is no grace or mercy involved. In himself, no person can completely live up to God’s standards. God has provided salvation through Jesus, not through a man’s work.

The only burden that God has put on you is to love and obey Him and love your neighbor. When you are doing these two things, everything that is done will done with joy. It becomes a joy to spend time in prayer talking to the one who loves you perfectly. It becomes a joy being able to share the gospel message with someone else. It becomes a joy when you can help another person in their time of need. It becomes a joy seeing God do great things in and through you.

When everything is being done with joy, nothing is a burden. Jesus said that His burden was light. God is not out to put a heavy burden on you. He is there to give you an abundant and fulfilling life in serving Jesus.

How do you see following God?

As a heavy burden?

Or an exceedingly great joy?

I pray today that you will know the love and grace God has for you; that you will see the joy in serving God; that you will find joy in loving others; and that you will follow God out of love rather than a burden.

Micah 5:2 Small But Usable

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over all Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2

Israel and Judah were being destroyed as nations and put into captivity. One of the towns that were captured was Bethlehem. It was a small town, from a small tribe of Judah. They seemed very insignificant, yet, God had very large plans for that tribe. God would raise up a ruler, who would rule over all of Israel. This ruler would be one who had roots going back to ancient times. This prophecy was looking forward to when Jesus would come to the earth to save all mankind from their sins.

Most people love to hear about stories of an underdog, a person who is small and insignificant, make it big. Stories of a person who had everything going against him, yet, in the end was the big time winner or leader. Stories about the one who no one thought would make it, who had no real chance at any success, but did make it successfully.

Although Bethlehem was a small town from a small tribe, God would use them in a very large way. That way of using them would be one that would touch every nation around the world for the rest of history on this earth and into eternity. Salvation would be provided through a person who came from that small town.

You may look at yourself as someone who is very small and insignificant. You may think your life is not worth anything. Some may even be thinking of ending it all, because there does not seem to be any value in this life.

If you surrender your life to God, He can use you in mighty ways. In ways that can impact the world for eternity. Most people know the name of Billy Graham, but very few people can remember the name of the person who shared Jesus with him. That person appears to be small, but his few words impacted a person, who impacted the entire world for Jesus.

Allow God to use you in the way that He wants to use you. Allow God to use you to impact lives for all eternity. You can do great things through Jesus. You may not be large in the eyes of the world, but you are great in God’s kingdom.

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for you; that you will allow yourself to be used by God; and that God will use you to impact this world for His kingdom.

Micah 4:11-12 Not Understanding God’s Plan

But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, “Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!” But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Micah 4:11-12

As the nation of Israel was being overtaken by many other nations under the judgment of God, those nations thought that they had great favor. They felt that they must be better than the nation of Israel and that the God of Israel was giving them His favor. In their eyes, they had won the great prize, the land of Israel.

In all of this, they did not realize the plans God had for them. Yes, God was allowing them to destroy Israel, but it was only for a time. Their time of punishment would come for their own sins. God was using those nations to get Israel’s attention and then provide for an even greater salvation.

God has plans that often are greater and longer reaching than most people can see or think of. Very few people have a plan of desiring to go through a disaster or trouble. They want to avoid it, if at all possible. God, however, uses disaster.

If God had not crushed Israel and allowed other nations to take over, things would have been much different. It was the Roman government, a pagan government, that set up a system to be able to spread news around the world very rapidly and safely. This allowed for Jesus to come and the gospel message that He proclaimed to be proclaimed around the world. God used a secular government to bring together His blessings.

Even in today’s society, there are times that the secular world is making choices that seem to go against God. Believers are often worried and scared of those choices. Yet, those choices may be what God is setting up for a greater victory for believers in the end.

When you see things occurring that go against God, pray about it and seek God’s will in it. Do not take a part of those actions, but trust God to work through those actions.

Seek the victory that He promised in Christ Jesus in the end. God is gathering the world up for His victory in the end. The world will not be on the winning side.

I pray today that God will show you what He is doing; that you will trust God’s choices in this world; that you will not fear those in this world; and that you will be on God’s winning side through it all.

Micah 3:5 Proclaiming Peace Or Waging War

This is what the LORD says: “As for the prophets who lead my people astray, they proclaim ‘peace’ if they have something to eat, but prepare to wage war against anyone who refuses to feed them.” Micah 3:6

The nation of Israel had been led by false prophets away from God. The prophets were being greedy in what they would say. If they were being well fed, they would proclaim peace and prosperity. If they were not fed, they would declare war against the people. This was done to force the people to follow them.

Although several thousand years have passed, and it is not as common to hear of the title of prophet, there are many today that work in the same way. There are people in this world that like to be followed and well-fed. In order to get that following they will say whatever needs to be said. If they are not followed and well-fed, the same people wage a war against the rest.

There are many organizations and groups of people that want the financial support of the people to be able to promote their sinful ways. When believers stand up to the sinful ways and declare them to be wrong, refusing to support them, the groups fight back saying that believers are haters and are cruel. The common phrase is that believers are not being politically correct.

At times this can also occur inside the church. If a church starts to proclaim something and someone does not follow it, the church wages a war against the person. This can be acceptable if the church is waging war against sin, but many times it is not.

When you go out and talk to someone, you need to make sure that the words you are speaking are of God. Do not proclaim just what the people want to hear so that you will be well-fed and liked.

You also need to be ready for battle. Satan is out to destroy everyone, and it is a war you are in against false prophets. Those who do not follow God will wage war against God when you do not agree with them. Do not proclaim peace, unless God is proclaiming it. You are in a war against sin, in your own life and the lives of others.

I pray today that you will know the words of God to speak; that you will not be led astray by false prophets; that you will not feed false prophets; that God will strengthen you in the war against sin; and that the peace you seek will be with God.