Micah: Falling to Rise {Minor Moments}

“Therefore I will look unto the LORD;

I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise;

when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:7,8).

The time at which Micah was working as a prophet was a period of great upheaval and social unrest in Judah. The majority of Israelites “hate[d] the good and love[d] the evil” (Micah 3:2).The government was corrupt and violent, and the people did whatever pleased them. The level of corruption that the government had sunk to is shown in Micah said to them:

“Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity. Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us” (Micah 3:9-11).

It was the attitude and actions of the people and the rulers that caused Micah to cry out in despair (Micah 7:1). He felt the transgression of his people heavy upon him. He wanted to find another man trying to follow the Lord that he could turn to and rely on – but he couldn’t (7:2-6). He found that in all of Israel, he could only turn to and trust in the Lord (7:7-8).

Micah realised that along with Israel, he himself had not been a perfect servant, and so cried to the Lord in repentance for himself (7:9). He realised that even he deserved the terrible things that were happening to Israel because of his transgression. Through it all, however, he knows that the Lord will deliver him – because though he has done wrong, he is now trying his best to serve Him:

“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” (7:9)

This is why he can say in confidence:

“Therefore I will look unto the LORDI will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:7,8).

Micah didn’t blame the Lord for what he was going through, he instead had confidence that the Lord was in control and would reward his steadfastness. He didn’t sit and cry, “Why me?!” He asked a better question, “Why not me? Why am I so great as to not deserve this?” He saw the trial as an opportunity to turn around and change himself.

Micah was doing his best to serve the Lord, but realized that he in some ways deserves what the Lord is bringing upon Israel. He knew that in the end, because God is just, He would save him because he was trying his best to serve Him.

When tempted to ask, “Why me?” we should also stop and think about whether we really have the right to ask that question:

  • Do we think we are so good as to not go through problems?
  • Do we think we are better than Christ, Who suffered more than we ever will?

We are promised blessings and provisions, but we are not promised a smooth path. In fact we are promised that if we live godly, we will suffer trials (2 Timothy 3:12). We are also told that because the Lord loves us, He will sometimes correct us like a Father would – and we will suffer the consequences of having done wrong (Hebrews 12:6).

Through it all, we need to remember that though we deserve what we receive, we also serve a just God who wants to give us better things, and will eventually reward us, as Micah did. Micah closes out chapter 7 with this statement of confidence and praise to the Lord:

“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. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old” (7:18-20).

…and just like Micah we can end in confidence and praise because we know that God is going to work through all these things to the ultimate good of His people (Romans 8:28).

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

When Micah was down, he didn’t stay down – he acknowledged his past faults, turned around, expressed his confidence in God, and rose to greater heights. He had fallen, but he had confidence that he would rise and be redeemed.

“When I fall, I shall arise.”

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