Scripture: But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 ESV
Observation: Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, prophesied in Judah during Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah’s reigns (about 750–700 BC). For Micah, it was a season of consternation: material prosperity and impoverished morality. So Micah denounced the wealthy, who oppressed the poor, and warned of God’s impending judgment. Indeed, retribution would come in part during Micah’s ministry, for the ten northern tribes fell in 722 BC to the Assyrians, and Judah nearly collapsed in 701 BC (2 Kings 18–20).
Regarding the text, the author arranges Micah’s prophecies in three sections, alternating between warnings and messages of hope: of looming judgment and of a day when there will be peace on earth—where humankind beats their swords into plowshares (4:3). And he prophesies the rise of the messianic king who will save God’s people from their enemies—whose place of birth will be that of his ancestor, David: Bethlehem (5:2). Thus, being confident of God’s promises, Micah declares that he will wait on the Lord to deliver him from his enemies (7:7 above).
Takeaway: Despite all the evil around him—family, neighbors, and nations betraying and warring against one another—Micah does not lose hope. Why? Because he knows the Lord is gracious and will forgive and forget his sins and, in due time, will extricate his people from their enemies (7:8-10). And why is he so confident? Because of who God is: he alone pardons iniquity and delights in steadfast love (7:18). The Lord alone is sovereign over history and will bring forth a Messiah to bring salvation and peace to the earth.
So how should we patiently wait for the God of our salvation to move in our lives? “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (6:8) The implication? While we wait, we humbly labor where he is working: pursuing justice for the oppressed and showing loving-kindness to the oppressor—that all might find salvation and peace in his Son.
Prayer: Father God, we thank you for sending the Prince of Peace into our world to defeat the ultimate enemy of sin. Would you please help us wait for your salvation and continue the peacemaking work of your Son that encourages the oppressed and convicts the oppressor? Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling