The Lord Will Give me Light – Part 1
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7 NIV)
The Old Testament prophet, Micah, was forlorn, because as he looked around, he saw that the nation was in decline. The leaders of the people were corrupt and the religion had been corrupted as God’s people copied the idol worship of the pagan people around them. There was no one to be trusted, and judgment was inevitable.
So what’s the posture of someone who believes in God in such circumstances? When you don’t know what to do? When things aren’t working out as you thought they would? What posture do you take when you’re looking around for something on which you can plant your feet, but you find that nothing is stable? Micah had no good feelings about what was going on. He had nothing! This is always the test of faith: What do you do when there’s nothing around to lean on? When things are looking good, or when there’s a glimmer of hope, that’s an encouragement; but the test of faith is in the valley of the shadow of death, when you don’t know what’s going to happen, and you don’t know what to do.
In the midst of his situation and the plight of his people, Micah gives us a great truth: “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior.” Then he says, in essence, “I’m sitting in darkness right now, because I don’t know how it’s all going to work out, but I’m waiting for the Lord, because he is going to give me light. He’s going to show me how this is going to work out. Right now, I admit that I’m lost at sea. When I look around, I can’t find a thing that I can lean on; but I’m going to wait and see what God will tell me."
Have you ever been in a situation in life—whether a financial or emotional or physical or family situation—where you don’t know what to do? Come on, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? We may not know what to do when things go south around us; but we don’t have to make up something for the sake of appearances. Instead, we can say what the godly prophet Micah said, “Although I sit in darkness, the Lord is going to give me light.” Notice: The Lord hadn’t yet given him light. He was using the future tense: “The Lord will give me light.” It was as if to say, “Right now, I don’t have a clue. But that’s okay. I’m going to wait to see what God is going to show me.” And he addressed his enemy, saying, “Although I am in the dark right now as to what is going on, you had better not mock me; because although I don’t know what to do now, God is going to show me what to do, and he’s going to bring me out of this!”
That’s the test of faith that we all face in one way or another, when everything we might look to for support is shaking around us, when the enemy of our souls is mocking us, saying, “Where is your God now?” In that situation, Micah gives us this great word: “Although I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light!” That word is for all of us today.
To be continued…
Read Micah 7:7-8.