Category Archives: Micah

July 6 – God Desires to Bless and to Lead

Through the prophet Micah, God tells the rebellious to plead their case against Him, and then He gives them a quick reminder of His faithfulness throughout His Story.  He says, “Don’t you remember, my people, how King Balak of Moab tried to have you cursed and how Balaam son of Beor blessed you instead? And remember your journey from Acacia Grove to Gilgal, when I, the LORD, did everything I could to teach you about my faithfulness.”   God tells us to be just, merciful and humble and too often we think that living in our own “wisdom” is all we need.

Yet as humanity we go astray like sheep, as if we had no Good Shepherd.  God, please continue to have mercy, all the while knowing judgment is coming. Thank You God, that even in the dark times You give a glimmer of hope with prophecies fulfilled through Jesus.  Amen.

God knows the direction of His Story and we as His people can have hope in our future, even on days when our present feels uncertain.  What can help us is to intentionally remember God’s past faithfulness and in doing so, be thankful. The faithful shepherds, teachers, preachers and prophets continue to seek to assist people so all can see and experience the blessings that God has in store for those who hear His voice and choose to follow.

P.S. While in her fifties, German Mary came to live with our family in Thailand for several months to learn English. In the evenings we played a dice game called Yahtzee. Mary, in her halting English, after rolling three of a kind, would say, “It is enough”. I love how dice games can springboard to conversations about God, and how He is more than enough.

Micah 6:5 NLT

July 5 – Bless Our Children, Lord

History is long and complicated and sometimes I wonder if people really ever make lasting personal changes from studying the past.  God’s people have had good examples, bad examples, warnings, punishment, restoration, and I marvel at God’s loving patience and mankind’s stubborn rebellion.  I also marvel at God’s continued patience in my own life and I am daily thankful.  As a prophet to the people of Judah, Micah observed that although leaders should know what is right and what is just, they instead love evil and hate good.  How sad it is that the enemy of God is His very own people.

Micah speaks for God when he says, “You force the women of My people out of their comfortable homes, and you take My blessing from their children forever.”  No one wants to hear the news that judgment is coming, or that captivity is a result of our own selfish, evil, repetitive crimes of injustice.  When we live fat and comfortable in our sin, why would we want to change?  Micah’s warnings are mixed with the blessings that are for the remnant who remain faithful to God.  Are we in the camp of the rebels, or are we living loyally to the Lord?  In this situation there is no Switzerland.

Micah 2:9 HCSB