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Micah 4:6-13 (NIV UK)
6 ‘In that day,’ declares the Lord,
‘I will gather the lame;
I will assemble the exiles
and those I have brought to grief.
7 I will make the lame my remnant,
those driven away a strong nation.
The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion
from that day and for ever.
8 As for you, watchtower of the flock,
stronghold of Daughter Zion,
the former dominion will be restored to you;
kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.’
9 Why do you now cry aloud –
have you no king?
Has your ruler perished,
that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labour?
10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion,
like a woman in labour,
for now you must leave the city
to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon;
there you will be rescued.
There the Lord will redeem you
out of the hand of your enemies.
11 But now many nations
are gathered against you.
They say, ‘Let her be defiled,
let our eyes gloat over Zion!’
12 But they do not know
the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing-floor.
13 ‘Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion,
for I will give you horns of iron;
I will give you hooves of bronze,
and you will break to pieces many nations.’
You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lord,
their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.
Real faith is always vulnerable to mockery by a world that sees only the superficial, temporal, material fact and lacks the spiritual insight to see deeper, truer, eternal values and realities at work in every situation.
To the eye of faith, God is never absent.
Thank you, Lord, that no matter where we are in our life, or where we have been – your love holds out the promise of new beginnings. This changes everything! Amen.