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(8) Do not rejoice over me, my enemy,
because when I fall, I will rise;
if I sit in darkness, the LORD is my light.

Micah 7:8

Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another #shorts post.

Today’s quick tidbit comes from Scripture again, in this case Micah 7:8. Now in my view Micah is one of the more obscure books of the Bible. If I’m not mistaken, Micah would be classified as one of the “minor prophets.” So how did I come across a verse from this short book of the Bible??

I read today’s verse in a six-day Bible reading plan called “Forgive Yourself.” In addition to my Bible in One Year reading plan, every so often I throw in extra plans, shorter plans, to get more learning. And I highly recommend the six-day plan, Forgive Yourself, available on the Bible App and Bible.com. If you want to know more Scripture on the topic of forgiving yourself, this plan is the way to start.

Anyway, today’s verse is a powerful one of resilience, fortitude, tenacity, persistence, and never giving up. Let’s check it out.

We Won’t Stay Down for Long

Micah 7:8 says “don’t rejoice when I fall, my enemy, because when I fall I’ll get up, and the LORD is with me.” It’s a strong and powerful statement of resistance and tenacity and so on. It also tells our enemy the true source of our strength: The LORD. If we sit in darkness, the LORD is our light. The LORD is our true source of strength and the reason we can keep getting up again and again and again after we fall. If we had to do this by our own power we’d be in big trouble. But it’s the LORD who lifts us up.

Anytime we fall, we can get back up again thanks to the LORD. This is a good verse for Spiritual warfare, and I’m going to add it to my Spiritual warfare arsenal. Let’s be honest—sometimes the enemy gets some good punches in. It happens. But with this verse, we can fight off the enemy by proclaiming the truth of our situation. We can declare we won’t stay down, and why.

Now here’s the verse, Micah 7:8.

(8) Do not rejoice over me, my enemy,
because when I fall, I will rise;
if I sit in darkness, the LORD is my light.

(9) I must bear the raging of the LORD,
for I have sinned against him,
until he decides my case and provides justice for me.
He will bring me out into the light;
I will see by means of his righteousness.

(10) Then my enemy will see;
shame will cover her who said to me:
“Where is the LORD your God?”
My eyes will see her ruin;

now she will become something to be trampled,
like mud in the streets.

Micah 7:8-10 (CEB)

I also included verses 9 and 10. Verse 9 talks about waiting on the LORD for Him to lift us up. We need to wait and endure a period of His anger, because we sinned against Him. But at some point He will decide our case and provide justice for us; He will bring us into the light.

Verse 10 foreshadows our eventual victory and our harasser’s comeuppance. Our enemy will see the truth of the matter and will be ashamed for doubting the LORD our God. Then our eyes will see her ruin. The situations will be reversed.

It’s interesting that all the language is addressed to a female (“My eyes will see her ruin;” etc.). There’s a note in the Bible app that says the Hebrew is written to a singular feminine listener. That adds another dimension to the whole thing, for some people. For me personally, it makes the verse fit my life even better. The last person to truly wrong me, one of the very few people who I can think of as a real “enemy” in this world, was a woman.

And so Micah 7:8-10 speaks to me on many levels. but verse 8 especially I find very powerful, and empowering. Whether it’s our struggle against addiction, or our struggle to accomplish some goal, whatever the struggle is, we know that when we get knocked down (which is guaranteed to happen sometimes), we can get back up again because the LORD is on our side. When we sit in darkness, the LORD is our light, He is our help.

So don’t celebrate too soon Satan; don’t celebrate too soon, my enemies. You will see me fall every now and again. Humans are imperfect and everyone is guaranteed to stumble in life, to suffer temporary setbacks and failures. But for those who follow the LORD, we won’t stay down for long. If you think we’re finished when we fall, you’ve got it all wrong.

That’s it for #shorts #12. Stay tuned for more #shorts all this month.


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