“But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me.” Micah 7:7-8 ->me: These are Micah’s words as he gazes on the wickedness of the rulers and people of Israel. What an awesome set of verses to tuck away for that day when I might feel alone and persecuted. ‘I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my Salvation; my God WILL hear me’. Notice it doesn’t say God will necessarily answer, but He will hear. My faith is an exercise in perseverance and commitment even when I am not FEELING it. ‘When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me’ – Wow, also super powerful. I have this image of a person sitting (arms around knees) soaking wet under a small cover in the darkness, mud, and cold…but inside that person is at peace and resolute that God hears every word they pray and that He is preparing what is ultimately best for them. The person’s circumstance has not changed but the internal steadfastness gives them strength to push through.