By: Undre Griggs, Jr.
Israel finds herself in captivity, yet Micah speaks with unyielding confidence. As a prophet of God, Micah recognizes that God is righteous and His will must be followed.
Micah 7:8-9 (NKJV): Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; 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 case And executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness.
Similar to a parent with their child or an employee with their supervisor; if rules and consequences are set forth, breaking the rules will trigger the consequence. Micah is confident because God continues to be his light and he identifies that God is honoring His word. At times, God keeping His word will bestow blessings on us; such as His promise to never flood the earth in the manner of the great flood again (Genesis 9:11). Other times, God keeping His word will enact consequences on those who disobey His will. There are many passages in the Old Testament where God is clear that He will punish the guilty and wrongdoers (Nah. 1:3, Jer. 30:11).
Ephesians 1:18 (ESV): having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
Micah is honest in his assessment of the situation. He states he has sinned, disobeyed the will of God and that has provoked God’s wrath. He is clear of his understanding that obedience to God will put him back in God’s favor. Another interesting thing to note is the fact that Micah is shadowing the birth of Jesus Christ as the savior of the world. Jesus speaks of Himself as the “light of the world” and those who follow Him must avoid the darkness and have a “light of life” (John 8:12). Micah knows our lives will be lost until the promised Messiah comes and advocates on our behalf (John 14:6, 1 John 2:1). Once Jesus Christ came and died for the sins of the world, “He will bring me forth to the light” as long as we live a life of obedience and righteousness. We cannot consider ourselves a child of God if we live a duel life of saint and willful sinner. God continues to keep His word; so let us be as confident as Micah when it comes to understanding God’s will and let us be obedient enough to follow it.