Look to the Lord

Have you had enough of the corruption in our culture?

But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
Micah 7:7

Every four years, elementary schools tend to make a big deal about the presidential election.

I’ve been a pastor for over 22 years and 20 of those years have been in congregations with schools. Every four years I’ve taken part in the mock debates and mock elections that the students put on.

The first presidential election I can personally remember was the one in 1976 between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

I was in the sixth grade and we were doing the usual mock debates and mock elections. The majority of our class chose President Ford as our winning candidate. But history tells us of a different outcome. Which is probably why they don’t let sixth graders vote, I guess!

I have no personal memories of the administration and elections prior to President Ford’s. But I was born during the Johnson (Lyndon B., not Andrew) administration. And I’ve learned from school, reading history, and watching documentaries, about how the Nixon administration started and ended.

The corruption of presidential politics didn’t begin with Richard Nixon. But it certainly didn’t end with him, either.

In fact, it would appear that the prophecy of Micah has come to pass vividly in these last few decades.

the godly has perished from the earth,
    and there is no one upright among mankind

the prince and the judge ask for a bribe

The best of them is like a brier,
    the most upright of them a thorn hedge

the son treats the father with contempt,
    the daughter rises up against her mother,
the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
    a man’s enemies are the men of his own house

(Micah 7:2,3,4,6)

Now, with the advent of social media, we can see even more clearly how widespread this prophesy has come to pass.

We can also read and hear how people react to all this corruption.

In Micah 7:1-6, I see a clear picture of what today’s culture looks like.

But in verse 7 I see how I am going to react to it!

But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

I will – to the best of my ability – look to the LORD and wait for God instead of taking to social media and venting my complaints, frustrations, and bitterness.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, working through Word and Sacrament, I will wait for the God of my salvation.

I know that God loves me. He tells me that he loves me and all people in his Holy Word.

His Holy Word also reveals what God did about the ultimate corruption of the human soul. We are born with souls corrupted by original sin. And left to our own power, we continue to live (if you can call it living) in our sinful human nature.

God loves us so much that he wants to save us from this corruption! His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, took on our human nature, carried our sins, and died the death we deserved because of our sin.

God loves us so much that he accepted Jesus’ sacrifice, forgives our sins, and gives us Christ’s righteousness.

Instead of letting the bitterness of a corrupt world ruin my life, I will look to the LORD.

I pray you will join me!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiving my sin and giving me Jesus’ righteousness. Send your Holy Spirit to me so that I can look to you, God of my salvation; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

© 2017 True Men Ministries


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