Micah clearly said “I will look unto the Lord”. This was a time when it was needful to be questionable of those who ought to have been worthy of unlimited trust “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Prov.17:17). There are times we must prove our friendship one to another.
This was a age that neither a companion nor a familiar friend, nor even a child or a wife, could be trusted “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide,” (v.5) There are times we stand along, Paul said “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me:” (II.Tim.4:16).
Samson was betrayed by his brethren, by his friend, by his father-in-law and the woman that lay in his bosom “And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the Lords of the Philistines saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the Lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand” (Judg. 16:18).
David had found his confidence betrayed by the men of Judah and by his own son Absalom.
Jesus was betrayed by his disciples and many of them turn back and walked no more with him (Jh. 6:66).
Yes, many of the Lord’s servants are called to similar experience “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord” (Mt. 10: 24, 36).
Sin is a destructive force, sin separates man from God, sin ruins friendship, sin break up families “a man foes shall be they of his own household” (Mt.10: 36).
If we are unable to have confidence in other people, how can we trust ourselves ? “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it” (Jer. 17: 9).
Remember, the Lord judges us according to our heart and ways. There are times when, if we look anywhere but towards God, we may feel ready to despair “But as for me, I will look unto the Lord.”
Notices how much we have to profit from the Lord. First, His name, Jehovah, describes his nature.
He is the eternal, unchangeable, faithful, covenant-keeping God. He revealed himself by that new name when he came as the Redeemer of his distressed people “and thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Mt. 1: 21).
Matthew declare Jesus to be “Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is God with us” (Mt. 1: 23).
Secondly,The figures employed for God remind us of the treasures we have in him.
In (Ps. 62) The Lord is described as “my Rock” on which we can safely rest and securely build. As “my High tower, our strong Habitation, where unto we may continually resort.”
”My Refuge,” where we may be safe from the sword of the avenger of blood, or from our foe “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pt. 5: 8).
The question is ask, how much we may expect from the Lord. He will answer our prayers. Our prayers must be definite, appropriate and absolute. Jacob prayed in (Gen.32) “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more a Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and has prevailed.”
Our prayers will bring deliverance. In the midst of dangers from without or from within we can say, with the paslmist, David “I shall not be greatly moved” (Ps. 42: 2).
We may at times be slightly shaken but not greatly moved,” moved, but not removed “that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.” (Heb. 12 : 27).
For a time we may be somewhat affected by changing times, but never greatly moved from our goal of faithfully standing for God and his Word. The apostle Peter said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5: 29).
Let us keep this in our mind, our confidence in regard to our stability is not in ourselves, but in our God “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 4: 6).
God is worth our limitless confidence. The prophet stated “I will wait, My soul, wait thou only upon God. Trust in him at all times, I will look, What unlimited authority to which we aspire. The just shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2: 4).
There are times we may not only wait upon God, but wait for God. Leaving the time and method of our deliverance to him “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him,” (Ps. 37: 7).