A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
At 10:30 today, this devotional will be offered online at https://youtu.be/wAWdY_DU-qA
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Hey! Welcome to December 1! Isn’t that shocking? Ok, well, today we’re going to continue along in Micah. We read part of this yesterday, we’re going to continue along today, so Micah 4:6-13. It’s a little bit confusing as you hear this. So, I simply want to explain, Jerusalem has many synonyms and you’re going to hear a bunch of them in this text. But, they’re talking about Jerusalem the whole time. But they will call it “the daughter of Zion”, “Mount Zion”, “the tower of the flock”- all of that is Jerusalem, ok? So I hope that adds some clarity as you’re listening to it.
In that day, says the Lord,
I will assemble the lame
and gather those who have been driven away,
and those whom I have afflicted.
The lame I will make the remnant,
and those who were cast off, a strong nation;
and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion
now and forevermore.
And you, O tower of the flock,
hill of daughter Zion,
to you it shall come,
the former dominion shall come,
the sovereignty of daughter Jerusalem.
Now why do you cry aloud?
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,
that pangs have seized you like a woman in labor?
Writhe and groan, O daughter Zion,
like a woman in labor;
for now you shall go forth from the city
and camp in the open country;
you shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued,
there the Lord will redeem you
from the hands of your enemies.
Now many nations
are assembled against you,
saying, “Let her be profaned,
and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
But they do not know
the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
Arise and thresh,
O daughter Zion,
for I will make your horn iron
and your hoofs bronze;
you shall beat in pieces many peoples,
and shall devote their gain to the Lord,
their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.
Here ends the reading.
I don’t know if you realized it or not, but that may be the most inspiring pre-game speech ever! (Smiles). From the prophet Micah. I wonder why we don’t read it more often? Because don’t we need that encouragement?! When we don’t understand what God’s doing and it seems like we’re getting a beat down? It’s easy to feel like that right now! You just had one round of the Thanksgiving holidays and we’re stepping into December, and people are starting to think about Advent and Christmas, and we’re still in this advisory and the COVID pandemic is still hovering and looming… It may feel like we’re in the middle of a big beat down! Yet this is encouraging! This is like a coach inspiring his team before they go out and take the court! Saying: ‘it’s gonna be ok and we’re gonna to do this! And not only are we gonna do this but we’re gonna put a beat down on our enemies!’ This end part about this threshing floor is basically saying: ‘we’re gonna thresh our enemies, we’re gonna thrash them, we’re gonna thresh them, we’re gonna beat ‘em into pieces!’ Ok?
God says: ‘all this has happened’, and then lists the calamities. God says: ‘the lame, I’m going to bring back, those who are cast off, I’m going to bring back, those I’ve afflicted, I’m going to bring back. This remnant is going to be this strong nation. You’re going to be saved!’ It’s an inspiring speech! It’s a hopeful speech! It’s an empowering speech! It’s great to cling on to this right now! You might need to read this every day in December… to remember that God triumphs! In the midst of what looks like- you’re really having it handed to you, God is gonna triumph! It’s the idea that we don’t know God’s plans. It looks awful. It seems awful. It feels awful. And yet, God is going to redeem! God is going to save! God is going to care for God’s people! And it’s going to be done for God’s glory! So celebrate that today! Enjoy that today! Revel in that! Hold onto that with both hands! Ok? God’s inspiring speech that God has us in all things and that God’s plans are bigger than whatever troubles are in front of us. Hang on to that! Tightly! As we surge into December…and trust that your God fights for you! Your God saves you!
Enjoy the day everybody! Take care.