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Read:  Micah 7:1-20

Focus:
Who is a God like you . . .”  Micah 7:18

Sometimes things just stink. Not in a smelly way – I mean in a hard way. There are times in our lives when we can authentically say with Micah, “What misery is mine.” Many times it’s because we screwed something up – a thoughtless word results in a broken relationship. A big mistake at work is like a dark cloud hanging over your head. An unwise choice has left you wondering if you’ll ever find your way out of the mess.

The Israelites, because they had continually turned away from God, found themselves in deep doo-doo (again!). Micah certainly calls them on it – clearly he did not sweep their sin under the rug. But by the middle of the chapter he was pointing them toward hope. He was taking the Israelites’ eyes off of themselves and their misery – and pointing them toward God and His plan for restoration. “The day for building your walls will come, the day for extending your boundaries.”

What caused the shift? It was quite a leap to go from, “The best of them (people in power) is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge,” in verse 4 to, “He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness,” in verse 9. 

For Micah, it was simply a shift in focus. Micah’s name actually means “Who is like God?” When he refocused himself on the truth of who God is – all the pain and misery and hopelessness faded away in light of the answer to that question. Who is like God? No one. There is no one like our God.

It doesn’t matter what my past looks like. It doesn’t matter what my circumstances are. It doesn’t matter what my enemies say. There is no one like my God.

He will bring me out into the light. I will see His righteousness. He will tread my sins underfoot and hurl all my iniquities into the depths of the sea. He does delight to show mercy to me. Is there ANYONE like God? Nope. Not one.

Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” If you’re in a season of misery, take heart – lift your eyes from your circumstances and focus on the One who loves you. Take the leap from misery to trust. Because truly, there is none more powerful, none more holy, none more tender, no one who loves you more.

Prayer:
Almighty God, there is no one like you. None can compare. Thank you that you are always with me and I have nothing to fear. You hold me in the palm of your hands, I am safe with you. I worship you, Lord. There is none like you. I pray that my day would be spent trusting you in everything. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

One thought on “Take the Leap – Kristy Figaretti

  1. I have only recently started to read your devotionals. I have been a Christian for many years and have had many trials and illness. Each one that I have read has touched my heart and left me thinking how closely it parallels some of the trials that God has gotten me through. It is in the valley’s that we grow. God uses these times not only to change our character, but to able to help our fellow brother or sister in their time of need. It is hard to thank God when we are in the middle of a trial, but knowing that He is using it for our good; helps change our focus. They are very uplifting, I thank you for posting them so that we can be encouraged and blessed. LYN ZILKA PS I want to especially thank Elizabeth Abriola who has made me aware of your devotions, I will bless others with you web.

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