In my Bible reading this morning, this part of a verse spoke to me. 'waited carefully for good'.....it hit home with me that I need to really be aware of myself...waiting carefully....for good. For God and God's 'good'. Really 'waiting'. To see His hand in daily life, hear him speak to my heart in daily Bible reading.
Micah was God's prophet over the reign of three kings. We wouldn't have wanted to live then or to be a peasant in those times. There was a lot of harassment from enemy armies, (which was God's judgement on the people for their idolatry). Not to mention the greedy rich exploited the poorer people. Life was rough and corrupt.
After all that wickedness came judgement from God.... & rightly deserved! And yet...the heart of God is further revealed in these verses found in Micah chapter 7:18 & 19....'Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.' What a happy ending to this historical book of Micah. and a happy ending for everyone who will realize and admit...you are a sinner needing God's forgiveness....and God is love!
'He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.' Micah 7:18-19. What a beautiful picture of 'Love'.. the love of God...how rich. How pure.
Romans 10:9 says 'If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.' Prayer is simply talking to God. You know, years ago when I thought I was saved..... many times I felt irritated by having to listen to the gospel invitation over and over at church. I remember thinking....we already know this....why is Pastor having another invitation for salvation??
And God...in his infinite mercy, reached down into my selfish dark heart through an evangelist and showed me how I needed Jesus' forgiveness to save my soul. I repented and accepted him that very day. Now when I hear the invitation being given again and again by the faithful Pastor...I am thankful. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word...