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December 7 – Remaining Faithful In The Darkness

“But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.  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. 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.  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.” Micah 7:7-10

Devotional Thought For The Day

Micah went through times like our own, when evil seemed to proliferate and wickedness appeared to be triumphing.  Earlier in this same chapter he commented: “The godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind.” [Mic. 7:2] He acknowledged that he was part of the corporate cause for the LORD’s judgment and His subsequent “scourging” of His people by the hand of the wicked: “I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against Him.”  Still, Micah was God’s spokesman and continued his proclamation against wickedness and his advocacy for repentance and faith in God – that God would ultimately vindicate His people of faith.  For this Micah also bore the wrath, fury, and derision of those close to him, who actually taunted him for his preaching: “Where is the LORD your God?”  When it is our fellow “church” people who launch such unbelieving mockery of God it is particularly painful and depressing.  One wonders if there is any hope at all, and it is comforting to remember that God’s prophets and true believers have endured all of this in past times.

Still Micah finds cause for optimism and continues his assertion that ultimately he and all true believers in the LORD will triumph. Regardless of how dismal and hopeless the situation appeared, Micah asserts: “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”  Further, he has the audacity of faith to warn his detractors, in their apparent ascendency, not to gloat: “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.” By faith he continues to anticipate God’s goodness and blessing and assert the ultimate elevation of God’s people: “until He pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon His vindication.”  He warns the wicked and the unbelieving of their final disposition – if they continue in impenitence, unbelief, and mockery of God and His people: “My eyes will look upon her; now she will be trampled down like the mire of the streets.”

Where would Micah have found cause for such incredible faith and optimism – when it seemed utterly ridiculous and futile to continue trusting God and honoring Him?  Only in His Word, and only in the knowledge of God’s love, His goodness, His power and might, and His complete faithfulness to His every Word and promise.  We recognize this to be miraculous, the work of God, for such faith is the gift of God, granted and worked through His Word. We should remember that we have even more fulfillment of God’s Word and promises to inform our faith and to bolster our trust and confidence in Him – in the sending of His Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior, in His suffering, death, and resurrection.  God’s people of faith do not just believe and rejoice in God when everything is going well; our faith, its miraculous source and power, is especially evident in the midst of great evil, misery, and apparent failure, some of which is of our own making. But we also remember God’s promises regarding the return of Jesus in great glory, and the assurance that in the end God will triumph, and so we wait confidently, knowing that “He pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon His vindication.”

How bad will it get for us in these “latter days”?  It looks pretty bad already, but it doesn’t take a great deal of wisdom of figure out that unless there is some kind of massive repentance, things are going to get much worse – and many people around us are not only unconcerned about this, they actually look at this as being “progress.”  Lord, have mercy!  So regardless of our circumstances, let us follow in the footsteps of Micah and all of God’s faithful people and assert: “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” The LORD will continue to be our light, and He will raise us up and vindicate us. In the end, His enemies will be “like the mire of the streets.”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, You have often observed times in human history when “the godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind.”  You have faithfully supported Your people of faith in dismal times through Your great promises of mercy, vindication, and ultimate victory.  Grant the same strength of faith and constancy to us, that like Micah we may remain faithful and strong in our loyalty to You, no matter what our circumstances. Grant us boldness to assert our faith and Your promises regardless of the opposition.  Amen.