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Walking in God’s Ways (Micah 4:1-5)

Micah 4:1–5 - 1 And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 3 And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war. 4 Each of them will sit under his vine And under his fig tree, With no one to make them afraid, For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. 5 Though all the peoples walk Each in the name of his god, As for us, we will walk In the name of the Lord our God forever and ever. What does today’s passage say? In today's passage, we learn that in the last days the temple of God in Jerusalem will be lifted high in prominence above all mountains and hills, and peoples from all nations will stream to it to receive instruction and walk in God's ways (v. 1). As they submit to the Lord's judgments, there will be universal peace as weapons of war are transformed into tools that provide for people's needs (vv. 2-3). Everyone will live without fear as God promises security to those who walk faithfully with Him (vv. 4-5). How can I apply Micah 4:1-5 to my life? Micah gives us an incredible glimpse of God's ultimate triumph and the establishment of His kingdom on earth. While today we still see much brokenness, injustice and rebellion against the Lord, these passages detail the coming day when sin and darkness will be no more. God reveals to His people stirring promises that the rule and reign of Christ will one day fill the earth. He calls us to fix our hope fully on this future reality even now. Though the kingdom seems hidden to our natural eyes, it is advancing powerfully in the spiritual realms. And each time we bow our hearts in surrender to our King, we participate in seeing heaven's domain expand on earth. As followers of Jesus, we await the glorious appearing of the Lord who will vindicate all who have trusted in Him. But we do not idle while waiting. God wants us to live even now in light of the supreme blessings coming for all who dwell securely under the Lord's protection and provision. Here are some basic principles from this passage that we should apply to our lives:

  1. Seek the Prominence of God's Kingdom Above All Else (v. 1): In verse 1, we see that in the last days the temple of the Lord will be the most prominent place on earth, raised high above all other hills and mountains. This illustrates that God's kingdom will be preeminent over all other kingdoms. We should seek first God's kingdom in our lives, prioritizing and valuing it above all else. When we do this, submitting all areas of our life to God's authority and rule, we experience the blessings and security of dwelling in His kingdom. As we walk in obedience to God each day, we testify to the preeminence of His kingdom in our hearts and lives. We must consciously evaluate if there is anything we are putting before God in priority - whether pursuits, possessions or people. God wants us to pursue wholehearted devotion to Him. This requires intentionality on our part to continually realign our schedule, resources and relationships under His loving rule and reign (Psalm 145:11-13, Daniel 7:27, Hebrews 12:28, Revelation 11:15).

Food for thought: Why is it crucial to value God's kingdom above all else in life? What are some practical ways you can seek His kingdom first each day? What assurances do you have that God's kingdom will triumph over all other powers, authorities and rulers? How can this bring you comfort amidst temporary worldly turmoil?

  1. Submit Wholeheartedly to God's Instruction for True Peace (vv. 2-3): In verses 2-3, we read of many peoples and nations streaming to Jerusalem to hear God's instruction and walk in His paths. As they submit to the Lord's judgments, their weapons of warfare are transformed into instruments of productivity and provision. This pictures the peace that comes when we wholly submit to God's wise commands and rulings over every area of life. Rather than resisting or rebelling against the Lord's correction and reproof, we must welcome it, knowing that He lovingly points out sin and error in order to bless us with righteousness and peace. Often we do not want to admit areas of personal weakness or failure. However, pretending we have no need of God's guidance only leads to continued inner turmoil and unrest. As we sit under His teaching each day, through studying the Scriptures and prayer, He conforms our hearts more to His will. We can trust the judgments of the One who knows all truth. Allowing Him to examine our motives and thoughts brings assurance, security and rest (Psalm 19:7-11, Psalm 85:8, Isaiah 26:3, Romans 5:1, Philippians 4:6-9).

Food for thought: What are some reasons people may resist fully submitting to the Lord's instruction? Why is it vital that we surrender completely? When you are faced with a decision, how can you actively submit to God's teaching and judgments over the situation?

  1. Walk Closely With God to Dwell Securely in Him (vv. 4-5): In verses 4-5, we are given the amazing picture of everyone sitting peacefully under their vine and fig tree, unafraid and secure because the Lord Almighty has promised protection to those who walk in His name. This points to the safety, rest and provision we experience when we cultivate an intimate, obedient walk with God each day. It requires initiative and discipline on our part to continually commune with Him through prayer, Scripture reading and listening for the Spirit's guidance. But as we make knowing Christ our highest aim and priority, He faithfully supplies all we need to thrive - physically, emotionally and spiritually. We must be careful not to allow good things like ministry busyness or family obligations to crowd out regular time alone with God. Our souls thrive through beholding His glory and grafting our hearts to the True Vine. Even amidst external chaos or oppression, we can dwell secure in heavenly places with our great Shepherd, covered by His strong hand. Fixing our eyes upon the Lord who sustains and shields us, we can walk forward in confident trust (Psalm 16:8, Psalm 23, Jeremiah 17:7-8, John 15:4-7).

Food for thought: What are some practical ways you can walk closely with God each day? When you feel afraid or insecure, how can remembering the Lord's presence and promises give you courage to keep moving forward in faith? What assurances of His provision do you cling to? Through this passage, God gives us a magnificent vision of the coming glory of His kingdom. Though we only see the first fruits now, we can walk in hope and confidence that His promises will be fulfilled. As we fix our eyes on eternal realities, our perspective shifts from the temporary to the everlasting. Things that the world prizes as important grow dim compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ and seeking first His righteous rule in our lives. He reminds us that true security is found not in earthly comforts but in intimate communion with our Good Shepherd, who supplies all we need. May we echo the cry of the ancient saints, “Come, Lord Jesus!” As we await His return, we do not stand idle but actively advance the work of His kingdom through local assemblies of believers. For the fellowship of the saints testifies to watching world that Jesus is returning to make all things new. He calls us to partner with Him in preparations for that day. Prayer Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You would give me the grace to value Your kingdom above all else in my life. Help me to seek first Your righteous rule in every area daily. I ask You to search my heart and realign any pursuits or possessions that are crowding out supreme devotion to You. Give me discernment when other good things threaten to replace time set apart in Your Word and prayer. Create in me a heart wholly submitted to Your instruction and judgments so that I might walk in true peace and security of soul. As I wait eagerly for the return of Christ, make me diligent in the work of Your kingdom and testifying to Your coming victory over all sin and darkness. I pray these things in the most precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Micah 4:2 - Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.With His Blessings, Pastor Corby

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