“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.” Psalms 119:71 NKJV
Today as of April 30 , 2021, total deaths in world because of Covid is 3.17million. All over the world we see effects of this deadly pandemic. Especially my home country India got worst hit by this second wave. So far 20 million Covid cases and 210,000 deaths in India!!. This is very bad situation. I am deeply burdened for the people of India. I am concerned about the protection of my dear and near ones there. But I have hope in Christ Jesus for a blessed future and the great assurance that we are not alone in this suffering. God Almighty is still on His Holy throne, and Good and Upright is my GOD!!!
From the book of Micah.
These days I am meditating on the book of Micah. Prophet Micah is from a small village called Moresheth near Gath. He has no family background mentioned in the Bible. All we know is that he received God’s word and he was filled with the Holy Spirit and he prophesied upon Judah and Israel the judgement of God. He was a prophet during the times of three Kings of Judah- Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Among them, Jotham and Ahaz were wicked kings, and they did evil in the sight of God. [2 Kings chapters 15,16,17,18]
Even though we don’t see the results of Micah’s prophesy in the book of Micah, we clearly see that the last King Hezekiah took this prophecy and warning very serious and decided to draw closer to God. We read about that in Jeremiah chapter 26.
Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, And the mountain of the temple Like the bare hills of the forest.” ’ Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah ever put him to death? Did he not fear the LORD and seek the LORD’s favor? And the LORD relented concerning the doom which He had pronounced against them. But we are doing great evil against ourselves.
Jeremiah 26:18-19 NKJV
Jeremiah prophesied that destruction will come upon Judah, if they don’t repent. But the the priests, prophets and people of the city decided to kill Jeremiah, because they didn’t like God’s word and was not ready to turn from their own wicked ways. And we read in this chapter that few of the elders among the people were reminded of what happened during the time of prophet Micah. They reminded the priests , prophets and others, how the people at that time under King Hezekiah repented of their sins, and God relented of the destruction He had pronounced upon them. And what is noticeable here is that Jeremiah lived almost 100 years after Micah. The prophesy of Micah, which he received from God had such an effect on people for many generations. And I believe it is very relevant for these days.
Micah for today
During the times of Micah the cities Samaria and Jerusalem were influenced by the people of the nations around them. They were living lives in their own ways and did whatever pleased them. There was violence, corruption, robbery, idol worship, covetousness, materialism, spiritual decay and sexual immorality. This is very much like the present world we are living in. Micah is considered to be a prophet of Judgement. And we clearly read in this book that it was not his own words he prophesied. But he received it from Almighty God. [Micah 1:1 and 3:8].
So even though Samaria and Jerusalem had to go though the worst situations, the people united under King Hezekiah to return to God and turn from their wicked ways. SO God came down for their rescue. Their sufferings were not wasted. It drew them closer to God.
Looking at everything happening around us, it is very easy to point figures and blame and condemn others. You may very well say that this is the judgment upon nations for their sinfulness. As children of God, let us be more careful in our responses. May we be like the people during time of king Hezekiah. Look to our own lives and repent of the sins. While we can warn and advice others, let us do it with love, but stay away from condemnation. Because we don’t have the power to see things in God’s eyes, don’t judge too quickly.
Apostle Paul talks about judging others very clearly in 2 Corinthians: “For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.” I Corinthians 4:4-5 NKJV
Condemnation will only produce more and more hatred. So may these wore situations open our inner eyes and let us draw closer to God, in that way no pain is wasted. And Jesus said we can overcome all of this because He overcame it all for us. And with Jesus, it is possible. So draw closer to Him and stay close to Him. He is our Salvation, He is our hope.
Micah 7:18 & 19is a beautiful reminder of who our God is!!.
“Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea.”
Micah 7:18-19 NKJV
So let me conclude this blog by reminding all of you that our God is able and there is no one else like Him. Psalms 107 is a beautiful reminder of God’s sovereign power. He alone can deliver us. So lean on Him and trust in Him. Winds and waves still obey His word and the name of Jesus Christ is above all other names. He who causes the seas to roar and winds to blow is very well able to calm the storm and quiet the waves.
“For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. Psalms 107:25
He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Psalms 107:29.
He turns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground; Psalms 107:33
He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings.” Psalms 107: 35
“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.”
Psalms 107:19-20 NKJV
May God Almighty bless you all.