Prayer Focus: Indonesia

Bible Reading: Micah 1-4

Scripture

Writhe and groan like a woman in labor,
you people of Jerusalem,
for now you must leave this city
to live in the open country.
You will soon be sent in exile
to distant Babylon.
But the LORD will rescue you there;
he will redeem you from the grip of your enemies. (Micah 4:10 NLT)

Observation

Israel had a hard time learning the lessons God was teaching them.  Over and over again God saved them and they would serve God for awhile and then fall back into sin.  Now, Micah was warning them about the looming doom of the exile to Babylon.  God warned them over and over again through many prophets, but it’s finally come to exile.

Micah’s prophecy, along with Hosea’s, feels like verse after verse of punishment.

But there is relief.  In Hosea God promised to redeem them.  Micah reports the same; God will redeem them from their enemies.

Application

God pursued the Israelites even though they often turned away from Him.  God does not easily let His people go.  Paul goes so far as to write in Romans, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39 ESV)”

It’s important to know that, even as Christians, God is angry at our sin and He will discipline us as He sees fit to expose that sin and bring us to repentance.  He does that because He loves us and our sin keeps us from growing in holiness.  Like the Israelites we often go against God, but just like God pursued the Israelites, He pursues us.  If you know you have sin in your life and are repenting of it, that’s Jesus pursuing you.  When you stop repenting, that’s when the real problems start.

Prayer

Lord, I love so much that you give us so many warnings that we are in danger.  I love it that you pursue me and convict me of my sin.  I love it that your discipline brings freedom.  Your prophets weren’t trying to bring everybody down, they were trying to show the people the path to life.  Thank you for saving me and for pursuing me.  Give me the words to praise you and share that love with others through word and action.  Amen.

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