READ: Micah 7:1-7 (esp. v7)
- Up to this point, the text is incredibly negative. As a reader, you have to love it when the final verse begins with “but.” Minimally, that means that what precedes is not the end of the story. In this case, Micah voices his confidence that God isn’t done yet. His faith is not limited to what the culture demonstrates. God is bigger than any culture.
- Micah will wait upon God to see what God may yet have determined. Of course that’s the best choice. We should never look around us and think that what “is” must be what “can be.” When God is involved, anything can change. The only limitations are what people will allow to be different. Which is, of course, the problem. If people won’t listen to what God says, nothing will be different.
- Micah’s confidence is that God will listen to him. By implication, Micah is not done pleading with the Lord on their behalf. That may be the key for us today. We should never believe that “what is” is all there is. We should continue to plead with God for His continued influence on people who can bring cultural change. We don’t need the church to have political influence; we need the church to have spiritual influence, one life at a time.
- How would you describe your confidence in God’s ability to fix things?
- How would you describe your confidence that our culture is ready to change?
- What do you think we can do to make a real difference in changing things?
PRAY: Commit yourself to be an influencer in our culture. Pray that God will be patient with, yet active in our community. Ask God to reveal to you what you might be able to do to change the lives around you.