Micah 7:8-9 – “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light… he will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.”
Let me just be candid – those of us with substance abuse issues find ourselves there for many reasons. All of them ultimately involve the worship of things we’ve made with our own hands. All of these are “false idols” according to the God and worshiping them, instead of God, are some of the gravest sins.
I remember well the feelings that I had when my alcoholism raged. That I was just one of the guys. That this is what guys do. I never once felt that I was ‘worshipping’ drink or drugs, just “doing my thing…” As I see it now that was just another deception of my enemy.
Micah, a minor Prophet in the days prior to the birth of Christ was telling the people of his time that God was angry and he was going to avenge these sins. He vowed to destroy Israel for what it had done.
His word is here today to remind us that worship of idols is still an issue and one that God will not accept from his children.
Yes, we’ve sinned with our behavior. Yes, it upsets God for us to act this way. Yes, we deserve to be and will be punished. I know I had a steep price to pay when my behavior caught up to me. I would no longer be allowed to be “just one of the guys”.
The good news in this is simple. Whenever God promises to destroy something, he also promises to restore too. In this passage, he’s telling us that Israel will rise again.
He’s telling you and I the exact same thing. He is our light and he will bring me out of the dark and into his light. Praise God for his mercy, grace and unbounded love!