This verse reached out and touched me this morning.
But I am full of the courage that the Lord’s Spirit gives,
and have a strong commitment to justice.
This enables me to confront Jacob with its rebellion,
and Israel with its sin.
Micah 3.8 NET.
I — In contrast with the false prophets who mislead the people, v. 5.
full — more than completely equipped.
Courage — what’s needed to do the difficult task, against all odds.
that the Lord’s spirit gives — the source is God, without whom the task would be overwhelming.
strong commitment to justice — a keen sense of what is right, which also comes from the Lord, in contrast with the leaders who “hate what is good, and love what is evil” v. 2.
to confront — what no one else will do, by speaking or stating in clear terms, in hopes of repentance on the part of the people.
This verse also applies to me as a follower of Christ, whose task is to proclaim repentance to all and forgiveness of every sin.
When we call upon God in our affliction, preparation must first be made. Note in this version the “Then.” Something must happen first. We have to make a change before God will rescue us, but the promise still stands: Continue reading
Glory to God for his immense patience, which seems to man nothing but a long delay, while humans clamor for justice, and the Lord lingers still before his coming, as a great act of mercy, allowing time for repentance!
Glory to God for granting repentance through the proclamation of his word and through Christ’s invitation to come into our lives and rule for our salvation. Glory to him for the joy of change!
by J. Randal Matheny
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