What is hope? Hope is the promise of a new day… it’s what keeps us from quitting, from giving up, what motivates us to keep on keeping on. Hope is the opposite of despair (where we’ve found Micah in the last six chapters).
If we have anything at all – it’s hope. That’s what God gives us… Hope to the hopeless…
Meditate on these verses…
Psalm 10:17 LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Psalm 71:5 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that 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 43:2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Lamentations 3:22-24 The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
In chapter seven, Micah’s misery has turned to hope!
As for me, I look to the LORD for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me. (verse 7)
For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. (verse 8)
The LORD will bring me into the light, and I will see his righteousness. (verse 9)
I don’t know where this finds you today… maybe at the top of your game, or maybe in the valley of discouragement. Either way, look to God. He’s your hope and He’s faithful – so very faithful. You can trust Him!
You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love as you promised… (verse 20)
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor