Daily Devotional Friday 23rd December 2022by William Moody
Wait for the God of Salvation
7:1 Woe is me! For I have become
as when the summer fruit has been gathered,
as when the grapes have been gleaned:
there is no cluster to eat,
no first-ripe fig that my soul desires.
2 The godly has perished from the earth,
and there is no one upright among mankind;
they all lie in wait for blood,
and each hunts the other with a net.
3 Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well;
the prince and the judge ask for a bribe,
and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul;
thus they weave it together.
4 The best of them is like a brier,
the most upright of them a thorn hedge.
The day of your watchmen, of your punishment, has come;
now their confusion is at hand.
5 Put no trust in a neighbor;
have no confidence in a friend;
guard the doors of your mouth
from her who lies in your arms;1
6 for the son treats the father with contempt,
the daughter rises up against her mother,
the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
7 But as for me, I will look to the LORD;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.
8 Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;
when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness,
the LORD will be a light to me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD
because I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my cause
and executes judgment for me.
He will bring me out to the light;
I shall look upon his vindication.
10 Then my enemy will see,
and shame will cover her who said to me,
“Where is the LORD your God?”
My eyes will look upon her;
now she will be trampled down
like the mire of the streets.
11 A day for the building of your walls!
In that day the boundary shall be far extended.
12 In that day they2 will come to you,
from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
and from Egypt to the River,3
from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
13 But the earth will be desolate
because of its inhabitants,
for the fruit of their deeds.
14 Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock of your inheritance,
who dwell alone in a forest
in the midst of a garden land;4
let them graze in Bashan and Gilead
as in the days of old.
15 As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
I will show them5 marvelous things.
16 The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might;
they shall lay their hands on their mouths;
their ears shall be deaf;
17 they shall lick the dust like a serpent,
like the crawling things of the earth;
they shall come trembling out of their strongholds;
they shall turn in dread to the LORD our God,
and they shall be in fear of you.
God’s Steadfast Love and Compassion
18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our6 sins
into the depths of the sea.
20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.
Judgment and hope are reoccurring themes in this prophecy of Micah and this continues in this final chapter. We’re told very little about Micah but here we are given some insight into the impact of his ministry on Micah himself. He is a troubled soul (v1-6) because of the sin he witnessed all around him including no fruit (v1), the disappearance of the godly (v2), injustice (v3), untrustworthy neighbours (v4-5) and divided families (v6) We should be troubled by the sin we see, but also know that we’re not the first to see this.
We then see hope for the troubled soul (v7-10). This comes from the God of salvation (v7) and who brings light into darkness (v8). This produces needed confession for sin (v9) but shame comes not to those who confess but to those who mocked those with faith in God. (v10)
There will be a turnaround for the remnant (v11-17) who will know walls of security (v11a), extended boundaries (v11b-12), who will be shepherded in days of desolation (v13-14) and whose God will reveal His glory (v15-17).
This is the God without equal (v18-20). Some of the words spoke of here just highlight how wonderful God is. These words include pardoning and steadfast love (v18), compassion (v19) and faithfulness and steadfast love again (v20).
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