I recently saw a photo posted on social media. It was a group of high school seniors who had gone out to dinner before their prom. The picture showed them gathered around the table in the restaurant, holding hands with heads bowed as they said grace.
The responses to that post were overwhelmingly negative. People attacked the person who posted it and the kids in it as being “holier-than-thou,” hypocrites and the like. But if you’d read or listened to the news or been on social media lately, this probably does not surprise you. Faith, especially Christian faith, has gone out of style and Christians seem to be just about the only group which can be mocked or discounted with impunity.
Evil seems to be rampant in the world today. It no longer hides in the shadows. And it seems as if “the godly person has perished from the land.” The prophet Micah in the Old Testament lived through a similar time. He recounts corruption and evil in government, people “trolling” one another and a growing proficiency and pride in committing evil.
Micah writes that you could not even trust your neighbor or the members of your own family. Evil seems to not only be prospering, but winning. Yet there is hope. And a promise. Micah knew it. Those of us who call Jesus “Lord” know it.
“But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.”
Micah goes on to say that he himself has sinned, practiced evil as it were. And he has confessed that sin and trusted God to “cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Once we admit our need for God, His love and forgiveness and accept that forgiveness we are assured that He will bring us into His light and demonstrate His righteousness. And evil will ultimately be defeated. That is reason indeed for JOY.
Micah 7:1 – 9