God Is in Control

John Koedyker

READ : Micah 5:5-9

Your hand shall be lifted up over your adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off. (v. 9)

A young boy was waiting for his parents after Sunday school when his pastor came up to him. “Young man,” he said, “if you can tell me something that God can do, I’ll give you a big shiny apple.” Thoughtfully the boy replied, “Sir, if you can tell me something God can’t do, I’ll give you a whole box of apples!”

That’s how it is with God. He is in control, no matter how much we think we are. God was trying to make that point to the people of Judah in our verses today. All the wonderful promises about the coming Messiah/Shepherd proclaimed by Micah had apparently produced overconfidence among the Hebrews. In verses 5 and 6 they proudly describe what they will do through their leaders. They ignore the truth that God’s plans “do not depend upon people” (v. 7).

The central message of Micah is that God is in control. God is the sovereign power who plans the future, not human beings. Nations do not determine the political maps of the world; God does. Our plans are always subject to God’s will. We may think that we are accomplishing great things, but actually it is God accomplishing them through us.


Have your own way with us, Lord, and use us for your glory. Amen.