Throughout the book of Micah, we read promises of both judgment and justice. Threatening messages are followed with messages of hope in God. The people of Israel and Judah were being called to repentance for their sinful behavior. Micah’s prophecy shared the promise of future restoration. God used the prophet to tell His people that the coming Messiah, who would be born in Bethlehem, would set them free from judgment (Micah 5:2). Micah was used by God to both admonish and encourage the people around him to look to God for their salvation, because freedom from sin is only found through the presence of God.
Though the Enemy works hard to keep you enslaved to sin (1 Peter 5:8), Scripture calls us to keep our eyes on the Lord. In a world accustomed to instant gratification in things like fast food and high-speed internet, having to wait can be a frustrating experience. Waiting is a powerful tool, however, that God uses to set us free. Waiting can be used to grow our trust in the Lord. In the midst of waiting, enduring suffering and trials, we have been given something to place our hope in.
Waiting is staying present where the Lord has placed us. God is sovereign over our circumstances (Job 12:10). There is purpose in all that He does. He cares for you deeply and has offered you freedom through His Son. It’s tempting to be bitter or angry when the Lord does not give a clear answer when you want it. We can act on our own desires like the Israelites, who demanded that God give them a king (1 Samuel 12:12), or we can find comfort in trusting the Lord’s track record of faithfulness.