“Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.”Micah 7:5-9 (KJV)
A brief history first: The prophet Micah prophesied sometime between 750 and 686 b.c. during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah (1:1; Jer 26:18). He was therefore a contemporary of Isaiah (see Isa 1:1) and Hosea (see Hos 1:1). Micah predicted the fall of Samaria (1:6), which took place in 722–721. This would place his early ministry in the reigns of Jotham (750–732) and Ahaz (735–715). (The reigns of Jotham and Ahaz overlapped.) Micah’s message reflects social conditions prior to the religious reforms under Hezekiah (715–686). Micah’s ministry most likely fell within the period 735–700.
Micah’s words fall pretty deep in the realm of Christian theology in just these few verses. He covers three major key components of Christian character: Faith, Patience, and Teachablility.
Verses 5-6 show us The fallacy of putting faith or trust in any person, even your own family. Though many in today’s time might come to alignment with that statement on the surface, it is difficult to see even to the smallest degree that even the love, of say a mother for example, cannot be fully trusted. Your father may fail you. Your mother may fail you. The only faith worth having in anyone, is faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone!
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)
Verses 7-8 express the proper placement of our faith as well as the need for patience in His finished result. Though many of us know and understand His capability, we sometimes tend to forget that though it might be longer than we’d like it to be, His results will always be much more than we could’ve imagined! Even our enemies can take note that when we fail or fall, the Lord God sees us through every moment, and our God-given endurance to be duly noted! Many times when I’ve been hit hard personally, I’ve been asked by some, “How do you do it? How can you handle it ‘so well’?” I tell them, “It’s only God!” And it is truly Him living through us that not only gets us to the other side, but keeps us while we are walking through!
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
And finally, verse eight is probably one of the hardest for many of us to swallow: Teachablility. You see, because many of us believe that we are genuinely “good people,” we tend to not notice the “rough edges” or what some might politely call “areas of opportunity.” Now this verse to be completely understood, the prophet Micah is talking about receiving a just a reaction from a holy God because of his own personal sin. It’s hard enough for many of us to not only SEE our flaws that need correction from God, but also allow that correction from God. Taking the point even further, it’s very difficult for many of us to receive needed correction from other brothers and sisters in Christ. Contrary to popular belief nowadays, when people are genuine and care about your soul, it is very biblical for us to disciple and instruct one another, but too often times it is shunned and being dismissed under the guise of being “judgmental.” That my friends, is a real problem. Why? Because whether correction comes from God or from other Christians, our hearts desire should be alignment with God’s will and His Word! Without it, there will be no possibility for repentance because there would’ve been no possibility for conviction without reproof. Without repentance, there will be the penalty to pay.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:1-2 KJV
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 KJV