But me, I’m not giving up. I’m sticking around to see what God will do. I’m waiting for God to make things right. I’m counting on God to listen to me.Micah 7:7 MSG
The minor prophets of the Old Testament can be easy to overlook. The small chapters are easy to flip by and what can feel like a repetition of sin-judgment-deliverance cycles can start to blur together. But these little books are such good reminders (like all of the OT) of who God is.
Today, I was struck by the confidence found in the midst of it all in Micah 7:7. Micah’s prophecy wraps up in chapter 7 with deep sorrow for the state of the world. The world is described as wicked and filled with corrupt leaders, immoral wealthy people are preying on others, and families and neighborhoods are falling apart. Still, in the face of all that is going wrong, Micah offers confidently that this is not the time to give up. In fact, it is at this moment that we should anticipate God’s next move.
We live in a pretty cynical culture these days that tells us to just wait for the other shoe to drop. After all, “if it ain’t one thing, it’s another.” We excel in predicting how bad it is going to get before it gets better. We have a tremendous insurance industry built on “just in case.” If we are not careful, the “it’s bad out here” attitude of our culture can harm our spirit. How would the world look different to us if we adopted this attitude from Micah? What if instead of waiting for the next bad thing to happen, we were waiting for God to show up? What if we were collaborating with Him on His next move in prayer, in service, in giving, in fasting?
Father God, I pray that you strengthen us with Your Spirit today to wait on You. No matter what is falling down around us, may we not waver or run but stand firm. I want to stick around, God. I want to see what you are going to do next. Lord, let us wait on You — let Your kingdom come, and may we not miss our part in its coming. You have designed and created us for a special purpose in the days to come. All we have to do is walk into it. May we not give up on the assignments You have given to us. Father, we are so excited that Your plan will ultimately make all things right. We trust in Your timing, Your means, and Your goodness. Thank You for listening to us as we pray for Your strength and Your courage. May we have hearts and ears to listen to You and act according to Your direction.
In Jesus’ Name,