Strong Faith for Tough Times

“But as for me, I am filled with power–with the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and strength to boldly declare Israel’s sin and rebellion.”  —  Micah 3:8

Micah was a prophet during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. A contemporary of Hosea, Amos, and Isaiah, Micah faced the daunting task of preaching to a people who were drifting further and further from God. Because his culture was so corrupt, Micah needed special insight to fulfill his mission.

There is such a need in our day for our pulpits and our pews to be filled with people like Micah. What were the special qualities that stand our from his life? How did God equip him for the challenges he would face in his day?

He was filled with the Spirit (3:8). Micah needed power and boldness that was beyond himself. His ministry was not going to be popular as he confronted the most powerful leaders of the nation with convicting truth. His message would ring like a hammer’s blow. Only with God’s anointing power would he ever be effective.

He knew the difference between empty religion and true devotion (6:8). Micah recognized that outer actions mean little; God wants to change his people from the inside out. This fundamental truth permeated his life’s message.

He trusted God in the hard times (7:7). Despite the sad decline of his culture, Micah prayed and waited for God to work. He remained consistent and persistent in sharing the message and living the life God called him to. This hope sustained him even in his darkest hours.

He understood the character of God (7:18-20). Micah knew that God, in His justice, must punish sin; however, he also knew that the Creator longs for a relationship with his beloved creatures. Micah knew that because of God’s changeless nature, he stood on firm ground, no matter what circumstances manifested themselves. God’s character would be his anchor in the storms of his life.

We need to develop these same qualities if we are to live for Christ in a corrupt culture. Pick out one or two attributes from the life of Micah that are most meaningful to you and share them with a fellow believer today.



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