Greetings! Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2).
The Prophet Micah was given the fearful task of calling the people of God to revival in the midst of rising judgment. In Micah chapter 6 we read about the complaining attitude of the people against their God, basically accusing the Lord of being a hard taskmaster and they cynically asked God if He would require them to sacrifice their children to appease His anger. Against this wicked attitude the prophet gives the answer by this rhetorical question: ...What does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
During this season of Lent it is appropriate that we take a close look at these clear requirements. We are to practice justice (righteousness) in all things, be devoted to mercy, and live in humble fellowship with our God. Since these are the very requirements of God for His redeemed, then we can be assured that His grace is sufficient to these things! Faithful is He who calls you, who also will do [the work]. (1 Thess. 5:24)
It is amazing to me how easy it is for us to fall into the same complaining spirit that plagued our spiritual ancestors. The temptation seems ever-present to judge that the “way of the cross” is too burdensome. Instead, let us remember that we are yoked together with Christ Jesus Himself, the everlasting God. It is our sacred calling to shine for Him. And it is our precious provision to shine for Him. Please, dear brother and sister, let us purpose to make sure that we ARE shining for Him!
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory. The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us. Selah (Psalms 62:5-8)
In Our Savior’s Service Together!
Rev. Dan Gilmore