My wife and I gave our oldest son a Hebrew name, Ari Zechariah. Ari means “lion,” because we hope and pray that he will be as brave and strong as a lion. Zechariah is Hebrew for “the LORD remembers,” a testament to God’s faithfulness throughout our lives. We want our son, every time he thinks of his name, to know that God remembers and God is faithful.
Remembering the ways God has worked in our lives is a key part of worshiping Him, and it helps us remain faithful to Him as well! As we close our study on Micah, we will consider what it meant for Micah’s audience, and what it means for us today, to remember God’s faithfulness.
Micah asks the Lord to “Shepherd your people with your staff...as in days long ago” (v. 14). The Lord responds that He will of course do that in a way that recalls His past faithfulness: “As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders” (v. 15). Here, the Lord is reminding them of when He first covenanted with Israel to make them His own people. He had promised the patriarchs—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—His blessing and protection, but Exodus marked the first time that God covenanted with the nation as a whole. By promising Micah’s audience that He would show them wonders like He did in Egypt, God was reminding them of the incredible work He had already done. Because of His past faithfulness—His past leading them out of Egypt as their Good Shepherd—His people could be absolutely certain that He would continue to guide their steps.
>> Make a list of the ways God has been faithful to you and to your family in the past. Tuck this list into your Bible or maybe post it somewhere for everyone to read (they can even add more items). Make it a part of your prayers this week.
Remembering the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11, we see that each person had faith because they trusted a God who is faithful. You are the One who teaches us what it means to be constant. We worship You!