READ : Micah 7:1-13
But as for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. (v. 7)
Something that I will never forget from my days as a missionary in Japan was the first time I saw a Japanese map of the world. Imagine my surprise to see the islands of Japan in the middle! How could that be? That’s where America ought to be. But then it dawned on me—this is how we all are. We put ourselves in the center because, obviously, we think we are the most important.
Micah starts out that way in his final chapter. He’s looking at himself. And he’s feeling like a failure. “Woe is me!” he laments. There seems to be no fruit from his labor. Evil still abounds around him. He feels like Father MacKinzie in the Beatles’ old tune “Eleanor Rigby.” Micah too thinks he’s “writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear.”
But, fortunately, Micah does not stay in the doldrums. He puts God back in the center where he belongs. And when he does that, light, salvation, and hope appear. When God becomes the focus of our attention, “the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.”
Forgive my self-centeredness, O Lord, and help me to focus on you. Amen.