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Micah 7:8,9 (NIV)
Loving “until he pleads my case and establishes my right.” Micah is talking about God’s wrath, but not as something that he’s stuck in permanently. Rather, the Lord will be the one to take up his case.
Micah 4:1,2 (NIV)
I love these Old Testament verses that highlight and look forward to God’s plan that is not just for Israel, but for the world.
Micah 4: 1-5: ”In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of all—the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship (1). People from many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways and we will walk in his paths.’ For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem (2). The Lord will mediate between peoples and will settle disputes between strong nations far away. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore (3). Everyone will live in peace and prosperity, enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees, for there will be nothing to fear. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has made this promise (4)! Though the nations around us follow their idols, we will follow the Lord our God forever (5).”
The passage describes an ideal world, one of peace, safety, and prosperity, one that is promised to us but obviously not quite here yet. The most striking feature is the Lord’s house, the most important place of the entire world on the tallest mountain. And yet, right now, the Lord is probably not the tallest mountain in the lives of most Christians.
Even though I’m involved on religious life on my college campus, the entry in my prayer journal previous to today’s was dated December 6th. Though I’ve prayed between then and today, the 19th, I didn’t set aside the serious, focused time on God that I should have. No matter how I may say or think or feel that I want God to be the center of my life, he isn’t unless I back it up with action. If God is going to be the center of my life, or more so, “the highest of all—the most important place” (Micah 4:1) on the map of my life, I should be dedicating time to him and his Word daily.
I encourage everyone to look at the landscapes of their lives. Examining mine, school, spending time on the internet, and hanging out with friends in my dorm are all pretty significant mountains. What are quiet time with God, prayer, studying the Bible, and fellowship in comparison? One thing that really illuminated my priorities is my worry about missing a class. If I’m so obsessed with not missing a class, where I learn academic things, why am I not even more obsessed about missing time with God, where I learn about Him, His plans for me, and myself?
My New Year’s resolution to set aside more time with God, hopefully 15 minutes a day of writing in my prayer journal and reading my Bible. I resolve to build that mountain of his higher than the rest of what dots my landscape.
What can you do to elevate this mountain in your life so it’s the highest, and like Micah 4:5, “follow the Lord our God forever,” even when others around you don’t?