Our scripture this morning is Micah 4:6-8.

“In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief. I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever. As for you, watchtower of the flock, stronghold of Daughter Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.”

The prophet Micah speaks to Israel about God’s promise to reunite His scattered children. He tells them that the Lord will “assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief” (v. 6). This reminds us that no matter what our situation may be, the Lord wants to draw us together again as one people.

Israel had defied God, going their own way, and they suffered for their disobedience. God doesn’t want to harm His children but we must be disciplined in order to change our behavior and return to Him. Evil cannot abide the presence of God and when we sin, we hide from Him.

We are the ones who have moved away from God, scattering ourselves apart from His love and care. When we repent and choose to be part of His family, we can be restored. God’s loving arms are outstretched for us, but it is up to us to return His embrace.

Gracious God, we are thankful for our savior Jesus Christ coming among us to show Your love. Forgive us when we fail and may we return to Your family refreshed and ready to do Your will. Amen.

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