But when all is said and done, God’s temple on the mountain, firmly fixed, will dominate all mountains, towering above surrounding hills. People will stream to it and many nations set out for it, saying, “Come, let’s climb God’s mountain. Let’s go to the Temple of Jacob’s God. He will teach us how to live. We’ll know how to live God’s way.” True teaching will issue from Zion, God’s revelation from Jerusalem. He’ll establish justice in the rabble of nations and settle disputes in faraway places. They’ll trade in their swords for shovels, their spears for rakes and hoes. Nations will quit fighting each other, quit learning how to kill one another. Each man will sit under his own shade tree, each woman in safety will tend her own garden. God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so, and he means what he says. Micah 4:1-4 (The Message)
Micah speaks of all sorts of destruction and condemnation. This book paints a painful picture. I found myself tearing up often–on reading of the enemy covered with shame, trampled underfoot (Micah 7:10 NIV), of people who pick and choose their god, living however they wish (Micah 4:5 The Message)–missing out on the richest treasure they could ever know. This seems so timeless.
And yet woven throughout is incredible hope. God’s great love and mercy. His future plan. Promises–the ones he’s kept and the ones he’ll keep. God-of-the-angel-armies says so. And he means what he says.
Micah has helped clarify God’s image for me. This deeper understanding of him draws me closer, eager to hear more. It calls me back to read and reread. Because I know there’s more here for me to learn.
Father, relief–pure relief and hope and awe at you and who you are and what you’ve done and what you can do. It brings me joy and deep peace. I love you so dearly. Thank you.