FCAMA Advent Devotion – Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Micah 4:1-13
“The Lord’s Future Reign from Jerusalem”

In that coming day’ says the Lord, ‘I will gather together those who are lame, those who have been exiles, and those who have been filled with grief. Those who are weak will survive as a remnant; those who were exiles will become a strong nation. Then I the Lord, will rule from Jerusalem as their king forever. As for you, Jerusalem, the citadel of God’s people, your royal might and power will come back to you again. The kingship will be restored to my precious Jerusalem.”  (Micah 4:6-8, NLT).

In the large pictures of Micah chapter 4, the Lord tells them that they will be hauled away to Babylon because of their disobedience, but that will not be the end of their story.  In fact those nations who gloat over the fall of Israel, will be severely punished.  In the end, although Israel has a history of unfaithfulness; God will keep His covenant with them for the sake of His Own Holiness.  God promises that someday all their brokenness will be restored and there will even come a time when God Himself will rule from Jerusalem.  This same message is also found in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and most of the Minor Prophets.  In the world of politics and modern governments befriending Israel even when we don’t always agree with them is a sure bet.  If we ever go against Israel, we could find ourselves fighting against God.  If God gets angry at Israel; let God be the one to punish them.  It has never gone well for that nation who decided to punish them for God.

“Then I the Lord, will rule from Jerusalem as their king forever.”(Micah 4:7b, NLT)

I don’t know about you, but when that happens I’d rather not have to explain to God why I mistreated His people.

Lord, help us understand as individuals and a nation that you still have future plan for Israel. Plans that have already been written in your Word. And how our nation chooses to go along or against those plans will determine our own future.

– Pastor Stephen Floyd, First Church of the Nazarene, Falls City

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