The Mountain of the LORD

Laura N. Sweet

Read: Micah 4

But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid. (v. 4)

Turn on the television any night of the week and you will see images of war from somewhere in the world. Even when our nation is not currently engaged in combat missions somewhere, we know it takes only one rogue nation or one evil dictator to do the unthinkable—and once again we are plunged into war. How we long for a world at peace!

The people of Judah yearned for that too. Threatened by the aggressive nations of Assyria and Babylon, they lived in constant fear. Micah warns them that, because of their sin, God would bring the Babylonians to conquer them and carry them out of the land. But this judgment comes with a promise: “You shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued; there the LORD will redeem you from the hand of your enemies” (v. 10).

That promise was for their immediate future, but Micah also speaks of a time of peace yet to come—a peace we look for ourselves. Someday the people of the world will flow to the “mountain of the LORD” to learn God’s laws. Swords will become plowshares, and spears become pruning hooks (v. 3). We will finally be at peace, and “no one shall make them afraid” (v. 4).

That day is not here—but it is coming. The Prince of Peace, Jesus, will one day reign in final victory, and bring peace to all the world! —Laura N. Sweet

As you pray, thank God for the promise of coming worldwide peace!