But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
And he will be their peace. Micah 5: 2-5a (NIV)
Micah, who lived during the time of King Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, was given these words from God.
I believe that Micah is talking about Jesus in these verses. Words such as shepherd, strength, majesty and peace are often used in the Bible to describe both God and Jesus.
Being a prophet during Biblical times was not an easy job. Often God gave them good news and bad news to share with his people and with those living around them.
All seven chapters in Micah are no different. You have the bad news presented along with the good news.
You can imagine how well the bad news would be received!
It's not much different today.
Who likes to receive bad news? Not me!
Bad news can make me feel as though life is out of control. For someone who loves to plan and organize a lack of control is my worst nightmare.
And yet, it is an integral part of life. Bad news creeps right in and has to snatch away the good news, the excitement, and the joy.
Or does it?
We don't have to allow the bad news
- to take our joy.
- to shake our faith.
- to destroy our integrity.
- to cause us to seek revenge.
- to be in denial.
Instead we can be proactive and acknowledge that despite the bad news we have been given we will actively
- ask God to help us find joy in the little things.
- express our thankfulness for God's love.
- read the Bible.
- memorize verses that help us grow stronger in our faith.
- ask God to guide our thoughts and words.
It's a time to grow and deepen our faith and to put our trust in God whether it is good news or bad news.
Your Turn: How do you react when given bad news? Feel free to leave a comment.
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