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Trusting God in a Fallen World (Micah 7:1-7)

Micah 7:1–7 - 1 Woe is me! For I am Like the fruit pickers, like the grape gatherers. There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, Or a first-ripe fig which I crave. 2 The godly person has perished from the land, And there is no upright person among men. All of them lie in wait for bloodshed; Each of them hunts the other with a net. 3 Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it together. 4 The best of them is like a briar, The most upright like a thorn hedge. The day when you post your watchmen, Your punishment will come. Then their confusion will occur. 5 Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips. 6 For son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household. 7 But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. What does today’s passage say? In today's passage, Micah laments that there is no godly leadership left in the land (vv. 1-4a). The rulers are dominated by greed and self-interest, preying on the vulnerable. Violence is rampant, as people betray even their closest friends in the struggle to survive (vv. 4b-6). Micah warns that the day of the Lord's judgment is coming soon. But unlike others who surrender to fear, Micah declares his confident trust that despite the surrounding evil, the Lord God will hear his prayers. Micah waits expectantly for God to intervene with salvation, trusting in His promises (v. 7). How can I apply Micah 7:1-7 to my life? When we observe the evil and corruption that seems to freely spread through every sector of society, it can leave us grieved, angry, and discouraged. Government, business, even religious institutions appear at times to prioritize power over principle. Trust is shattered as leaders act out of selfish gain rather than selfless service and compassion. Faced with such moral decay around us, what is the proper response for followers of Jesus Christ who aim to live righteous and faithful lives? Today’s passage offers perspective from a dark time in Judah's history that can re-center our focus amidst depravity. Though the greed and exploitation of ungodly leaders plunged his nation towards judgment, Micah modeled persevering trust in God as the great righteous judge and savior. His example challenges us to cling to righteous living no matter how far society falls into injustice. Here are some basic principles from this passage that we should apply to our lives:

  1. Seek To Live Righteously Even When Surrounded By Depravity And Injustice (vv. 1-4a): When the depravity of leaders and the injustice in society surrounding us seems to prevail, it can tempt followers of Christ to compromise godly convictions and standards. As Micah witnessed exploitation by the powerful and betrayal even among close companions, he demonstrated that personal righteousness is not defined by circumstance. Despite rampant wickedness in Judah's culture, Micah modeled integrity and persevering trust in God's ultimate justice. In our age as well, we must resist the urge to lower righteous conduct just because leaders and influencers disregard ethics and morality. Ungodly examples in government, business, and even churches cannot provide an excuse for believers to deviate from pursuing biblical principles. God still calls His people to live by standards of compassion, honesty and justice as defined in Scripture. When we grow weary in well-doing, we must spur one another on toward obedience and moral purity. Plan times of fellowship with like-minded believers to encourage standing firm for righteousness with patience and hope. Affirm one another's desire to walk uprightly, despite frustrations over injustice. Pray together for strength and wisdom to apply God's standards in the face of opposition. Rely on His promise to perfectly judge all human affairs in the end. Ask God to deepen conviction that temporary discomfort over confronting evil is worthwhile in light of eternity (2 Timothy 3:1-5, Matthew 5:10, Hebrews 11:25, 1 Peter 3:12-17).

Food for Thought: Why is it sometimes difficult to pursue righteousness when most people around you are living unrighteously? What are some practical ways you can encourage other believers to keep pursuing righteous living?

  1. Respond To Betrayal And Persecution With Faith Rather Than Vengeance (vv. 4b-6): When we face betrayal, persecution, or injustice from those close to us, it is natural to want to retaliate and take vengeance. However, as followers of Christ we are called to a higher response - one of forgiveness, faith and leaving judgment to God. Just as Micah described how the intense crisis in Jerusalem caused people to turn against even their most trusted friends and family, we too can face relational fractures when times get hard. Rather than meet betrayal with more betrayal, meet it with love. Instead of vengeance, entrust justice to the One who judges justly. The hurt of damaged relationships can cut deep, even when the rupture comes from professing believers. But we must release rights to revenge and trust God to heal the brokenness. In faith, pray for the restoration of fractured bonds. Appeal to shared faith in Christ as the foundation to reconcile divisions. If the offending party remains unrepentant, leave room for God's judgment and vindication rather than taking matters into your own hands. His ways are perfect and complete, ours are flawed by emotion. May our response to persecution reflect His righteous character (Luke 6:27-28, Romans 12:14-21, Matthew 5:43-48).

Food for Thought: Why do believers sometimes feel justified taking vengeance when wronged? What does trusting God's justice look like in practice?

  1. Persevere In Prayer, Trusting God Will Save And Make Right All Wrongs (v. 7): When surrounded by evil and injustice, it can be tempting to withdraw into fear or even despair that God is not actively involved. However, believers must persevere in prayer, maintaining vigilant trust that God hears us and will intervene with perfect justice and salvation in His timing. God may allow evil to temporarily flourish, but that should drive us towards greater dependence on Him rather than retreat. Like Micah, we must wait and watch expectantly for the Lord even if circumstances seem bleak. Rather than demanding immediate action from God on our preferred timetable, persevering prayer requires humility and patience that His ways are higher than ours. But we can have full confidence that no injustice escapes His notice and no wrong will go unpunished. The day will come when Christ returns as righteous judge to make all things new and put an end to evil once for all. As we wait faithfully in prayer for that day, we partner with His work to rescue the lost from evil’s influence. Our perseverance through trials purifies our hope and brings glory to God as the rock we wait upon (Psalm 27:14, 2 Peter 3:8-10, James 1:2-4, Romans 8:24-25).

Food for Thought: Why do believers sometimes struggle to persevere in prayer when evil seems to be unchecked? What are practical ways to strengthen your vigilance and trust as you wait on the Lord? Living faithfully before God in the midst of widespread unrighteousness poses very real challenges for believers. The temptation to compromise convictions can be strong when it seems no one else shares your standards. Holding leaders accountable to biblical integrity often feels futile. Pursuing justice and compassion gets exhausting when you face indifference or hostility. Waiting patiently on God's intervention tests perseverance. Yet as Micah modeled in dire circumstances, followers of Christ must continue living out righteousness no matter the depravity around us. We do this not in our own strength but through the power of the Holy Spirit. By God's grace, may we spur each other on toward maturity and purity rather than using the world's corruption to justify sin. May our words and actions shine as lights that expose evil rather than descending into the darkness. And may our confident hope remain anchored in the certain promise that God's kingdom shall prevail over all. Prayer Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You would strengthen my dedication to pursue righteous living even when leaders and culture call evil good and good evil. Help me hold fast to Your standards of justice, compassion and integrity no matter how far society falls into greed and exploitation. Guard my heart from outrage fatigue and despair. Rather, in the power of Christ, may I persevere in prayer and partnering with like-minded believers to be salt and light. Give me patience to trust Your timing on judging evil as I watch expectantly for the full salvation You have promised in Your perfect kingdom to come. I pray these things in the most precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Micah 7:7 - But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.With His Blessings, Pastor Corby

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