God's Plan and Us

Scripture: Micah 4:10b, ‘You will go to Babylon; there you will be rescued. There the Lord will redeem you out of the hand of your enemies.’

 

Observations: Following a beautiful description of the coming of God’s Kingdom, Micah reminds God’s people that it isn’t here yet. They still have to be disciplined for their sins, they will still ‘go to Babylon,’ into exile. But God also reminds them that his plans for them will not fail, that he has not forgotten them. God promises that he will rescue them, and ‘redeem them out of the hand of their enemies.’ The exile will be temporary. God will bring his people back to Jerusalem (v7), and restore the kingship (v8). Despite the sin of God’s people, God’s plans to send the Messiah were never upset.

 

Application: Firstly, this passage gives us great hope in the character of God. Despite our sin, God’s plans are never frustrated, and he longs to redeem us. God is both faithful and gracious. But this verse also raises another question: How are we fitting into God’s plans? Are we willingly serving God and helping him fulfil his will, or is God fulfilling his will despite our rebellion and sin? God’s will ‘will be done,’ but the question is ‘with us, or despite of us?’ God desires our obedient service, will you give it?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are fulfilling Your plans in this world, and You have called me to serve You, and help You build Your Kingdom. Lord, forgive me when I am not open to the leading of Your Spirit, when I am distracted by my own sinful needs and desires. Lord, be gracious to me, forgive my self-centeredness. Fill me with Your Spirit that I might fulfil Your will. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

 

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