God wants us to understand what is happening in today’s world and to reflect on the sufferings we see. A tremendous vision is given in the book of Micah. It’s a vision we have to keep focused on everyday that God does have a plan to end all suffering. That’s why we are told to pray, “Thy kingdom come.”
[Darris McNeely] Today’s world overflows with tragedies. War creates refugees. We have to see on television the hunger that kills thousands of people in far-off areas of the world. We see suffering. We see school shootings and the tragedies that disrupt whole communities. We see a failed government that makes us angry and makes us want to see something done about it and even to the point of just finally turning off the television.
Christ tells us in his word that we should be praying in a certain way, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” That is a very direct teaching from Jesus Christ that we find in Matthew 6, as His disciples asked Christ to teach them how to pray. You know, we cannot really hide from today’s problems, as much as we might wish to. We can sometimes ignore them. As I said, we can turn the television off but we really can’t escape what’s taking place in the world. We see it on the larger scale, and even when it begun…problems, social problems and other issues impact our own personal lives. We agonize about that and it becomes very direct and very real to us.
So, we do think about it, and in one sense, God does want us to understand what is happening in today’s world and to reflect upon it, and then in sense to, as one Scripture says, “Sigh and cry” for the sufferings that we do see (Ezekiel 9:4 Ezekiel 9:4And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through the middle of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the middle thereof.
American King James Version×). And that in itself should make us, then, be more motivated to pray, “Thy kingdom come.” There’s a Scripture in Micah, the well-known verse that talks about a time when that kingdom will be brought to this earth. So, Micah 4:1 Micah 4:1But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow to it.
American King James Version×, it says that “In the last days, Thy shall come to pass that the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established on this earth and people will flow unto it.”
As I’ve said in the first of this series, God’s kingdom is a literal kingdom that will be brought to this earth or it’s nothing else. And that’s what the Scripture says it will be. Micah here says that “It will be one day established and people will flow to understand and to come to know that.” It goes on, “Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord into the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways and the law will go forth from Zion and people will be taught the word of God from Jerusalem.’” And then it says, “Nation will not learn war any longer. They will not lift up sword against each other. The way of war will no longer be taught.” (Micah 4:1-5 Micah 4:1-5 1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow to it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it.
5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
American King James Version×)
That’s a tremendous vision. It’s told in four verses in the book of Micah. That’s a vision that we have to keep our eyes on. When Christ told us to pray, “Thy kingdom come,” we look around and we see that it’s not here yet and we do sigh and cry for those problems. But we have to keep in mind the vision firm in our heart and in our mind that one day there will be a solution that God does hear and God does have a plan. And that’s why, and another reason God tells us to pray, “Thy kingdom come.” But there’s one more reason, and we’ll talk about that next time.
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