“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
These inspiring words come from the prophet, Micah. In this final chapter of the short book of Micah, the prophet is predicting the upcoming fall of Jerusalem. He foretells a multitude of sins and trespasses of the people and prophecies about very tumultuous times. And in the midst of it all, he writes this verse.
He says that despite all of this bad news, he looks hopefully for God, he waits patiently for his salvation, and he has confidence that God hears his prayer.
We may find ourselves in situations like this occasionally. Maybe we haven’t just predicted the downfall of the city of God, but maybe we’ve been told some bad news. Maybe things have gone badly and you know they’re about to get a lot worse. For example, news that a loved one is sick, or that you lost your job, or that you got a new boss that really doesn’t like you. You can see with some certainty that what lies ahead of you is not going to be easy. It doesn’t take a prophet to know that you’re about to have to face some difficult times.
That’s what Micah faced. He knew the suffering that was coming. He could say with certainty that the holy city of God would fall into the hands of pagans, that the chosen people of God would be taken captive, and that it would take decades for all to be restored. That’s worrisome to say the least. Micah’s response, however, didn’t reflect that. He didn’t respond with anxiety or fear, but with assurance and confidence.
This is an incredible model for us to base our own reactions to different anxieties in our lives. Rather than worry, rather than stress, we should keep our eyes set firmly on God, patiently await his help and his salvation, and have faith that he hears our prayers, especially in trying times.
Thank you for the example of Micah. I pray that you would help us to meet anxieties and stress not with fear or worry but with confidence in your salvation and help. Help me to set my eyes on you and await your return patiently and with full assurance.
In Jesus’ Name,