Take a moment and read Micah 5:2. Pause for a minute or two and then re-read the passage again. What word or phrase spoke to you as you reflected?
This scene in Micah opens with the siege of Jerusalem and the embarrasment of its king. But a promise of help is given and the promise is directed toward a small town several miles to the south of Jerusalem. It is Bethlehem or the city of David. It is called this because King David was born there but this promise is not about David for he had long passed off the scene of Israel’s history. It is about another from the long line of David and those before him and those who came after him. This king would also be born in Bethlehem and who would rule Israel. The people prepared for generation after generation for this king to come. He was their hope of salvation. Are you preparing yourself this Christmas season for the king of hope?
Prayer: Glorious God. Open the eyes of my heart so that I might realize the value of my time. Help me to see the ways that I spend it and the fruit of my labors. But more importantly, help me to take moments that will prepare me to receive your hope. Thank you for this gift. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen