Throughout its history, Israel has constantly been surrounded by its enemies. And in this passage, Assyria seems to be used as a type of all the enemies that would come against Israel. But Micah prophesies here the ultimate triumph of Israel, saying,
When the Assyrian invades our land and marches through our fortresses, we will raise against him seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men. They will rule the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with drawn sword. He will deliver us from the Assyrian when he invades our land and marches into our borders. (5-6)
In other words, the day will come when the enemies of God will rise up once again against Israel to destroy it. But God will raise up people to lead Israel to victory over its enemies. Yet their strength will not come from their military, but from God.
Micah adds in verse 7 that the remnant of Israel will be like “dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man or linger for mankind,” again pointing out that it is the Lord’s work, not man’s that brings this deliverance and ultimate victory. And because of this the remnant of Israel will become like a lion that none of its enemies can stop (8).
On that day, all the things that Israel had trusted in the past, their military strength, their witchcraft, and all their false idols will be taken away, and they will once and for all put their trust in God who casts down all their enemies. (9-15)
So what do we take from this? When the enemy of our souls comes against us, how do we respond? When we feel under attack in our lives, in our work, in our relationships, in our finances, or in our ministry, what do we do?
Remember that victory will not come from our own wisdom and strength. So often, when our lives seem under attack, we panic and try to resolve problems in our own wisdom and understanding, ignoring the one who can deliver us.
But if we are to not only fend off these attacks, but totally overcome, we need to put our faith in God. And when God tells us what to do, we need to obey. And when we do, we will find victory.
The other thing we need to remember when we find ourselves under attack, is that the ultimate victory has already been won. That through Jesus’ work on the cross, our salvation has already been purchased, our sins forgiven. So no matter what the enemy may do to us on this earth, it can’t touch what we have in heaven.
So don’t give up. Don’t get discouraged. Instead, trust in God and put your hope in him, knowing that the victory has already been won.