The prophet Micah was called to prophecy to Israel and Judea, exhorting them to repentance. He called out the disobedience of God’s people, especially in Jerusalem. In Chapter 7:1-7, we find Micah walking around the city, absorbing, “both the appalling scale of the wickedness and the implications of the doom he has just declared” (Bible Speaks Today).
Micah is overwhelmed by what he sees, “What misery is mine!” (7:1). Evil was widespread and the very fabric of life was unravelling. “The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains” (7:2). The godly had lost influence, while the violent did as they pleased. “The powerful dictate what they desire – they all conspire together” (7:3). God’s judgement would soon be announced by the watchman on the wall. “Now is the time of your confusion” (7:4). Interpersonal relationships, even within families, were failing.
Despite all this, Micah did not lose hope. He continued to pray and wait for God, who would eventually vindicate the remaining remnant. “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me” (7:6). In contrast to the unfaithful leaders of the people, he would act like the watchman, “wait for God my Savior.” Micah began in 7:1 with lament, but in the end expresses quiet confidence that God will act in due time.
What the prophet described in these verses (7:1-7) has a very contemporary feel to it. Sin has affected government leaders and society in general. “The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains” (v 2). Deceit and dishonesty have even ruined family life, the core of society. “A man’s enemies are the members of his own household” (v 6).
We are witnessing social disintegration in our culture. Many of us can attest to divisions in our families due to cultural or political divisions. “Micah would direct us all back to the way we have steadily ignored, and often directly flouted, the requirements of God for our personal, social and working lives, as well as for our nation. Defiant rejection of God’s revealed truth is the fundamental reason for the social disintegration we see around us” (Bible Speaks).
Micah 7:7 can be an encouragement to us in the midst of cultural decay. Like Micah, we need to declare that we aren’t giving up. “But me, I’m not giving up. I’m sticking around to see what God will do. I’m waiting for God to make things right. I’m counting on God to listen to me” (7:7 – Message). Isaiah also spoke of waiting on the Lord during judgement. “Look, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he has saved us. This is our God; we have waited for him. Let us rejoice and be glad is his salvation” (Is 25:9).
It could be that God wants us to wait for him to make himself known to us during this time. “Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me” (Hosea 5:15). Isaiah told the remnant, “Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by” (Is 26:20).
Could it be that the most important thing we can do at this time is to cry out to God for mercy? Has his hand of judgment already come to our nation? Could it be a time to seek God in confession and repentance?