But as for Me, I Will Look to the Lord

 

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Pacific Ocean near the Island, Siquior in the Phillipines

 

 

Who do you look to when people talk about you, undercut you, and gloat over your mistakes and missteps?  The human instinct is to fight back on the same level as those who are attacking you.  Micah, the prophet outlines a rough situation where people are out intent on doing evil – they “All lie in wait for blood, and hunt each other with nets…”.  The picture Micah paints is an image where people are at each other’s throats with deceit, bribes and a perversion of justice.  Yet, the prophet says that in spite of the disappearance of the faithful from the land, he will continue to look to the Lord for strength.

Micah 7: 2    The faithful have disappeared from the land,

and there is no one left who is upright;

they all lie in wait for blood,

and they hunt each other with nets.

3    Their hands are skilled to do evil;

the official and the judge ask for a bribe,

and the powerful dictate what they desire;

thus they pervert justice.

4    The best of them is like a brier,

the most upright of them a thorn hedge.

The day of their sentinels, of their punishment, has come;

now their confusion is at hand.

5    Put no trust in a friend,

have no confidence in a loved one;

guard the doors of your mouth

from her who lies in your embrace;

6    for the son treats the father with contempt,

the daughter rises up against her mother,

the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

your enemies are members of your own household. [1]

 

The prophet Micah outlines a situation where there are people who rejoice when he stumbles and falls, but continues to bounce back because of the support of the Lord.

Micah 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. [2]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it mean to “Wait for the Lord?”
  2. What are your thoughts “God will hear me?”

 

Prayer:  Lord, I wait for you.  Lord, I look to you.  God, I know you will hear me.  In my worst moments, you have always been with me.  In my best moments I rejoice in you.  Bless me with your spirit.  Bless me with your inspiration.  Bless me with your protection and power.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mic 7:2–6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mic 7:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.