The Secure Sanctuary
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
Micah understood his own sin as well as the collective sin of the nation he belonged to. He understood God’s anger and his judgement; He was prepared for the price they would pay. He says, “I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him.” Without justice, anarchy would reign. He saw the fall of Israel to Assyria and it is probable that he saw his homeland of Judah fall to the Babylonians, which were the judgements he prophesied of. Through all of this, his confidence is not shaken – “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… He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.”
Circumstance will come that we must endure but when we truly know the God that we serve, we can have complete trust in his promises and an inner peace through his word. His steadfast love becomes a sanctuary in which we can rest and feel secure. Micah’s hope remained in God’s love for his people and he asked the Lord to shepherd them once more. The Lord replied, “As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them marvelous things.” God’s love is so profoundly deep that it melts his anger to mercy causing Micah to marvel indeed:
“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. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
The nations of Judah and Israel didn’t fully comprehend who they had at their side. They looked everywhere for leadership except up. Their mantra should have been, ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’ They made bad choices and they failed the Lord repeatedly. Yet, hope remained because of God’s everlasting promises.
Never forget that the Lord is on your side, standing against all that might cause you to fall, upholding you with his right hand. Hold on to that truth and remember his constant faithfulness to you, always.