It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over #2—Look to the Lord:
“Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me.” (Micah 7:7-8).
Yesterday, we started looking at the words of the prophet Micah. He described the terrible conditions of the world he was living in and said, “Woe is me.” Yet, in the midst of the despair around him, he chose to get his eyes off of his problems and onto God. He decided to look to the Lord, and wait for the God of his salvation, and he had a confidence that his God would hear him. What a great example this is for us today!
Matthew Henry said: “When a child of God has ever so much occasion to cry, “Woe is me!” as Micah did, it is a comfort to him that he has a God to look to…in whom he may rejoice and have satisfaction. All may look bright above him when all looks black and dark about him. The prophet had been complaining that there was no confidence to be put in friends and relatives on earth, and this drives him to His God…In our greatest distresses we shall see no reason to despair of salvation if by faith we eye God as the God of our salvation, who is able to save the weakest upon their humble petition.”
When we look to the Lord, we can be encouraged to know that the Lord is looking to us. This reminds me of this story: A man was walking by a group of students who were gathered around table outside of a Catholic school. On one end was a basket of apples with a sign that said, “Take only one—God is watching.” On the other end of the table was a plate of cookies, over which one of the students had written the words, “Take as many as you want—God’s busy watching the apples!” This story, although humourous, illustrates the truth that yes, indeed, God is watching over us—and He’s not too busy watching the apples. Today, I want to give you some Scriptures to meditate on that will encourage you to look to the Lord, and wait on the God of your salvation.
- “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2).
- “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14).
- “Truly my soul waits on God: from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.” (Psalm 62:1-2).
- “But those who wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31).
Today, may your heart be encouraged to look to the Lord, and wait for the God of your salvation. When we do that, our God will hear us. He is the one our help comes from. When we wait on the Lord, He will strengthen our heart, He will bring our salvation, He will be our rock and our defence, and we will not be greatly moved. When we wait on the Lord, He will renew our strength, and give us the courage to carry on. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28). If you’re weary today, look to the Lord—go to Jesus, and find strength, grace and rest for your soul.
Pastor Chris Jordan