Micah 4:6–13 (NKJV)
6 “In that day,” says the Lord,
“I will assemble the lame,
I will gather the outcast
And those whom I have afflicted;
7 I will make the lame a remnant,
And the outcast a strong nation;
So the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion
From now on, even forever.
8 And you, O tower of the flock,
The stronghold of the daughter of Zion,
To you shall it come,
Even the former dominion shall come,
The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”
The Lord here shifts from the what to the how. God has said that He will restore; that the mountain will once again be dominant and the people will worship God. However, here He talks about the process. God will bring back the afflicted, lame, and the outcast as a remnant of His people. They will come back to the tower in Mount Zion. There will be a pilgrimage to the promised land once again.
9 Now why do you cry aloud?
Is there no king in your midst?
Has your counselor perished?
For pangs have seized you like a woman in labor.
10 Be in pain, and labor to bring forth,
O daughter of Zion,
Like a woman in birth pangs.
For now you shall go forth from the city,
You shall dwell in the field,
And to Babylon you shall go.
There you shall be delivered;
There the Lord will redeem you
From the hand of your enemies.
He discusses further that their return will be full of struggle, much like a woman with child entering labor in order to deliver their baby. Yet He tells them to lean into it. Go to Babylon, serve the foreign nation, be in captivity, but know that I will deliver you.
11 Now also many nations have gathered against you,
Who say, “Let her be defiled,
And let our eye look upon Zion.”
12 But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord,
Nor do they understand His counsel;
For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 “Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion;
For I will make your horn iron,
And I will make your hooves bronze;
You shall beat in pieces many peoples;
I will consecrate their gain to the Lord,
And their substance to the Lord of the whole earth.”
Here is more good news: there are even more nations who would like to take advantage of you, mock you, celebrate your demise. However, they do not know or understand the plans of God for you. They do not understand the plan God has to gather you from your captivity and restore you to Zion. Let them mock. Let them assume that Israel is no more.
For that matter, let them assume that the church is dead, Christianity is dead, that YOU are dead. What they don’t really understand is that every insult and derision, every pronoucement of your demise will make your horn iron and your hooves bronze. Don’t let the enemy break you down. Let the pressure of your circumstance galvanize you, let the friction of your situation make you strong and invincible. When you use your experience to come out stronger, God will watch and walk with you. God will see you crush the enemy, and what they took from you and what they already owned will be consecrated to the Lord. Don’t dismay, but rather let the preparation of your pain make you strong!