Today’s Tasting: Micah
The book of Micah begins with Micah seeing visions of God punishing Jerusalem and Samaria for sin and idol worship. Micah expresses his sadness and despair over this judgment. The people do want to listen to Micah. They would prefer a prophet who will tell them what they want to hear. There are many passages throughout the book detailing the ways in which God’s people have sinned. Micah then, prophecies a ruler who will come from Bethlehem, a ruler who will take care of his people, a ruler who will bring peace. Micah tells the people the Lord want them to “do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying God.” The book ends by saying that God will forgive the sins of people, and that his anger will end.
Today’s Nourishment: Micah is a book that has a lot of different parts. It has many of the themes that run through the whole Bible, in just a few pages. It tells about God’s anger and frustration with the way his people have been acting, as well as his plans to bring them peace, along with His desire for how they live their lives.
One verse in Micah stands out as very important advice for living your life in the way God wants, as well as being the way that Jesus lived, centuries after this book told of his coming. “Do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God.”
How well do you follow this simple, but so difficult advice? It is easier to be kind to others than to love being kind to others. Living humbly is not something that is easy to do in our culture, although I don’t think it was probably any easier in the past. There were no selfies on Facebook, but there were plenty of other ways to forget to be humble.
It is easy to fall into the ways of living that go against what God wants for us. It takes real effort to try to follow the path Jesus laid for us, along with the words the prophet Micah told us to follow. These simple words can help focus on living the Christ life. Live today!
Tomorrow’s Delight: 2 Chronicles 28; 2 Kings 16-17