from Lynda Lindsey
And He shall stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they shall dwell secure, for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth. And He shall be their peace. Micah 5:4-5(a)
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon His vindication. Micah 7:7-9
Creator God, from the days of man’s beginning in the garden, has always told us His good plan for us. We’ve never been left in the dark nor had to guess what God requires. Be fruitful. Multiply. Fill and subdue the earth. Eat these plants for food, for life, but don’t eat from that tree lest death result. Even after the fall God spoke to Adam, Eve, and the serpent and explained His provision for them as a consequence of their sin and disobedience. God not only gave His people written commands, He also entrusted His clear life-giving message to leaders and prophets, priests and kings.
Love, honor, obey, cherish, walk humbly with God. Do justice, love kindness, grieve and mourn over sin, repent, seek forgiveness, begin anew. The marvel and mystery of looking to the Lord and waiting for Him, is that the Lord pleads our cause and executes His judgment for us; He brings us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Jesus, the Righteous One, is our righteousness, strength, and peace; He is our Shepherd with whom we dwell peacefully, safe and secure in His pasture. Jesus, born in Bethlehem, yet from of old, from everlasting to everlasting, is a trustworthy Savior.
God redeemed and saved His people from sin, from bondage, from Egypt and He still redeems and saves. God always cries out against injustice, wickedness, deceit, violence, greed and lies; thus He disciplined and rebuked the faithless Israelites, yet He preserved a remnant. God judges sin but He also hears the cries of repentant sinners. It we confess and forsake sin, if we look to the merciful and compassionate Good Shepherd, He will pardon and forgive. Forgiven, released from sin’s darkness, walking in light, we have true satisfaction, joy, and peace. Don’t delay; seek, and find, His light!