Micah 7:7-10

Micah 7:7-10

(Mic 7:7) But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. 

(Mic 7:8) Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.

(Mic 7:9) 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.

(Mic 7:10) Then my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will look upon her; now she will be trampled down like the mire of the streets.

Today, our meditation will be on verses 7 to 10 of Micah 7.

The book Micah in the bible is one of the books which we typically call “the lesser prophets”.

“Lesser” not in terms of the importance of the message, but “lesser” by the length of the book.

Now, Prophets are messengers from God who lived in the old and early new testament.

They brought God’s message to men at a time where the Bible was not completed.

By the grace of God, many of these messages have been preserved and recorded in the Bible for us for our learning & encouragement.

This morning, I will take a slightly different approach from my typical 3-point sermon for this passage in Micah 7.

I will explain verses 7-10 verse-by-verse and apply them for our learning as God’s people.

 (Mic 7:7) But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

What is happening here?

When Micah wrote these words, Israel was in a difficult situation.

Micah preached during the era of Kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah.

This is the same period that the prophet Isaiah lived and preached.

If you are familiar with the history of Israel, you will remember that during this period, Israel was divided into 2 kingdoms.

There was Israel in the north and Judah in the South.

Kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were all kings of Judah when Micah preached.

And during this entire period, God raised up the Assyrians to punish Israel for their sin and corruption.

The Assyrians conquered and expanded their empire westward towards the Mediterranean sea.

And as in any war, Israel experienced death, suffering and misery.

But we thank God that he did not leave Israel in their sin and downcast state.

While the Assyrians were raised as a rod to chastise Israel, God also raised faithful preachers like Isaiah and Micah.

And with their preaching, Israel understood its sin and repented.

And these words of Micah that we just read represented the response of a repented Israel to their difficult circumstances.

“But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”

Many people, when in troubled circumstances, will look at their own means to solve their problems.

But God’s people will say like Micah “…as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation….”

Now this does not mean that the God’s people should just sit down, do nothing and wait for God.

On the contrary, the true Christian will work very hard on getting out of his difficult situation.

But as he does so, his dependence is not upon his own strength to get out of his situation.

His dependence is totally upon God.

And he has no fear as he works on getting out of the situation.

This is because he has the confidence that his God will take care of him.

So, while the nervous Christian student works hard on preparing for his exams, he has the peace of God in his heart.

He is confident that as long as he has done his utmost in his preparation, God will take care of him in the results that follow.

The Christian who is seeking God’s direction can take comfort that God knows the way He would have him go.

And in full confidence, the Christian can and will say to his enemies:

(Mic 7:8) Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.

Now, obviously, as Christians, we do not go around making enemies.

But let me tell you that there will always be enemies when you want to follow the LORD whole-heartedly.

In fact, you will have physical as well as spiritual enemies.

Your spiritual enemy Satan will always be there to tempt you.

He will put fear in your heart.

He will put unrest in your heart.

He will put temptation in your way.

His whole intent is to separate you from God.

He may even motivate your closest friends or relatives to put a barrier between you and your God.

Physically, you may meet people who just cannot take your way of life.

They cannot accept the fact that you have a different lifestyle which is against the typical norm.

They cannot accept your principles and views of life.

They disdain the way you turn away from many things in life that they like but which you consider as worldly.

And deliberately, they may put obstacles in your path.

These obstacles may be difficult situations which some of you may be facing in your life right now.

Or it could be a major trial that you are encountering.

Just like Israel in the time of Micah.

They fell into sin and temptation.

And sadly with that, they turned their attention away from God.

And as if to get back their attention, God raised a physical enemy for them.

And this physical enemy, in the form of the Assyrians, created great misery and suffering for Israel.

But through all these, God managed to get the attention of Israel again.

Israel acknowledged its sin.

There was repentance.

There was forgiveness.

There was assurance once again.

And the assurance was so comforting that Micah could put it as: “Rejoice not over me, O my enemy…”

Why? Because “…when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.”

And this is the comfort that Christians have.

Yes, we may fall into sin.

Sometimes, it can be grievous sins.

But when we come to our senses (just like the prodigal son) in the parable that Jesus told…

And we repent of our sin and turn to the Lord in remorse….

We have the assurance that God will act for us.

And if we have the presence of the eternal God, who dares, and who can stand against us?

If God, the Creator and owner of this world, fights for you, who can go against Him?

And the comfort we have from the prophet Micah here is that “we will rise, after we fall…”

When we are “in darkness, the LORD will be a light to us….”

Yes, I may have sinned against the LORD, but when I repent and turn back to Him, I will experience the light of His salvation.

So, you can say to your enemies, “…do not rejoice…”

“I will rise after I fall….”

Not because I am any good..,

…But because I have a merciful God.

…Because I have a sovereign God who has everything under His control.

Now, there is an important distinction here that we need to make between the presumptuous sinner and the repented sinner.

In every sin that he commits, the presumptuous sinner will say, “it’s OK, God will rescue me any way”.

But look at Micah 7:9 – the response of the repented sinner.

The one who is really sorry for his sin and knows he deserves the punishment of God.

(Mic 7:9) 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.

The repented sinner acknowledges his sin against God.

The repented sinner knows that his situation and circumstance was a result of his sin against God.

The true elect of God knows that every situation is by the design of God and under His control

And so, he says, “I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him….”

He acknowledges that God is holy and he is the sinful one.

And his hope and assurance is that when God takes up his case, he will be restored and vindicated.

But he will remain in his humbled state until God takes up his case.

And he will humbly remain in this state because he knows that God has brought it to come to pass.

And he will look to God and God alone to vindicate him.

Now, I want to make a point here that not every trial and situation in our life could be due to sin.

Sometimes, we are quick to judge people and conclude that their circumstances are all due to their sin.

For example, when Job encountered severe losses in his life, his friends’ conclusion was that he had a secret sin in his life.

There was a man who was born blind in John chapter 9.

And the disciples asked Jesus “who sinned? The blind man or his father?”.

Jesus’ response was very simple and direct.

It was neither the blind man nor his parents whose sins have caused his blindness.

The situation came about so that God may be glorified.

So, it is very natural of us to make conclusions and judgements upon people who are experiencing great trials.

Why? Because it is true that most of the time, disasters are a result of sin.

Sodom & Gomorah were destroyed because of their great sin.

Nebuchadnezza lost his kingdom because of his great pride.

King David lost his son because of his sin of adultery.

But we need to remember that not all situations are because of sin.

Joseph was sold away into Egypt.

But that was probably not because of his arrogance against his brothers.

He also obviously was not in prison because he sinned against his employer Potiphar.

Neither was he suffering because of his brothers’ sin against him.

Instead, in Gen 50:20, Joseph tells us why these happened:

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

Friends, we have great comfort because we worship a sovereign God.

If you are experiencing a great trial or difficult situation today, do not cease to pray.

And remember, the trial or situation you are in may not be a short one.

When Noah was in the ark, it must have been really tough.

He had already obeyed the Lord constructing the ark for so many years.

Isn’t that difficult enough?

But now, instead of glorification, he found himself trapped for another 2 months…

And this was not in a holiday resort…

It was in the ark he built.

And he had to live together with 2 of every kind of animal on this planet.

In the same way, Joseph must have felt really miserable, lonely and fearful when he was sold away.

How do you think he would have felt when he was in Potiphar’s prison?

Job must have felt awful with all the sores and pain in his body.

John Bunyan must have felt very sad when he was in prison.

What an apparent waste of his time and he seemed to have lost so many years of his youthful life.

But it was in all these difficult circumstances that these saints of God rose to greater heights.

They drew nearer to God and served Him even more.

Friends, it takes great faith to look ahead and not be mired in our current circumstances.

Take comfort from these words of Micah.

(Mic 7:9) 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.

Be encouraged, that when God takes up your case, you will be vindicated.

But until that takes place, you need to be praying and seeking Him earnestly.

And when vindication takes place, your enemies will be the ones who are trembling.

Look at Micah 7:10,

“Then my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will look upon her; now she will be trampled down like the mire of the streets.”

When God avenges for us, who can stand against Him?

When God is fighting for us, what weapon can our enemies use that can stop Him?

This is something that we see very frequently in the scriptures.

When the Israelites marched round the city of Jericho, they did not use a single arrow or hammer and the walls tumbled down.

Gideon’s small little army did not have to fight at all and the enemies trembled and went running away.

Rom 12:19 … “Vengeance is mine, I will recompense, says the Lord.”

Friends, the right thing to do when under trial is NOT to take things into your own hands.

The right thing to do is to listen to what God says Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”.

Turn to Him in repentance.

Turn to Him and seek Him in prayer.

“Bear the indignation” and wait upon Him that “He may take up your case and execute judgement for you”.

Friends, we all have different experiences in our lives.

God speaks to us by His word applied to these experiences every day.

I do not know what situation you are currently in.

Perhaps you are not even a professed Christian.

But you may be encountering a situation now which God is using to get your attention for the application of His word preached today.

If that is true, let me also tell you that the word of God also says, “do not harden your heart.”

You ought to talk to someone about how God may be speaking to you through His word.

The Church leaders will be most willing to help you.

Please talk to them.

If you are a professing Christian today, let me ask you how you are doing spiritually.

I am not asking you how often you have read your Bible or prayed.

I am asking you how you are spiritually.

Are you under a severe trial at the moment?

Are you discouraged or seeking God’s direction?

Then take heed of these verses in Micah 7.

I encourage you to share your problem with someone in this fellowship….

..So that we can pray with you about that situation….

..So that we can help you in the correct application of God’s word when you are seeking His will.

Jesus came into this world to save His people.

We thank God that that work of saving His people was already completed 2000 years ago.

The bible tells us that Jesus is now in heaven seated at the right hand of God.

It is only a matter of time that the Christians will all be in heaven with him.

That would be such a joyous day.

We should all be looking forward to it.

So let us look beyond our current trials.

Let us look forward to that day when we will all be in heaven together with Jesus.

Amen.

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