While the first chapter is clear about the judgment, Micah doesn’t leave his readers without hope. In the second chapter he assures us that there is a remnant that will be gathered and be saved from the enemy.
He uses images that farming folk can understand, such as people being safely gathered “like sheep in a pen” (Micah 2:12, NLT). It’s a universal human need to have a place of safety, a home, where all is cared for. Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled,” as He is preparing a place for us where we can be with Him forever (John 14:1, KJV). The place He prepares will be a place of security and safety; yes, we have this hope.
There’s a drawing of a picture showing two Eskimos fishing through holes in the ice. One of the Eskimos had made a small hole, about the size you might expect for fishing. The other had dropped his line in a huge hole he had made—about the size for a whale to fit through! He had great hope to catch a big fish.
Hope is the assurance that there is a better day coming. Paul says, “And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world” (1 Corinthians 15:19, NLT). Even if life seems unfair or out of balance today, I can know that someday all will be made right.
Our hope is in the Lord, and He will bring balance, harmony, and safety back into His creation for all eternity.
Gordon Bietz, D.Min.
Southern Adventist University