Never Give Up Hope!

John Koedyker

READ : Micah 4:1-5

He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. (v. 2, niv)

You have probably realized by now that Micah is a prophet who tells it like it is. I like that. I would much rather have people talk to me in a straightforward manner than behind my back. Micah does not soft-pedal the predicament of the people of Judah. They have disobeyed God’s law by allowing a corrupt and unjust society, and disaster is coming. But God still has a plan for his covenant people.

Most commentators feel that the words of chapter four were spoken as encouragement to the people of Judah when Sennacherib, king of Assyria, laid siege to Jerusalem in 701 b.c. Those were desperate days. Micah wanted the people to realize that difficult as things were, God was not finished with his people. There would come a time when the nations would come to Jerusalem and learn the ways of God.

We also live in a desperate world with all kinds of problems, including the seemingly endless and insoluble conflict in the Middle East. But as the hymn “This is My Father’s World” says, “O let me ne’er forget, that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.” So, never give up hope!

PRAYER

Lord, may your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.