September 26 Devotional
Micah 3/ Psalm 7
By Melody Keena
Micah starts this chapter shouting “Listen! God has something important to say”. God’s message through Micah came into a world where government officials were doing what they pleased, taking bribes, catering to the wealthy, hating the good and loving the evil. But it was not only the civil leaders, it was the religious leaders as well. The so called “prophets” (equivalent of pastors and priests of our day) were telling the people what they thought they wanted to hear and not doing anything that might make someone upset. When God is left out it is easy for selfish people to exploit a situation for their own gain.
Jeremiah 5:30-31 (NIV) 30 “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: 31 The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?
God said the people would cry out to Him but He would not answer them and would hide His face from them because of the evil they had done. Sin that goes unrepented creates a barrier between us and God. God has not changed, He is still merciful and gracious, He is still ready to forgive, but we have turned from Him and stopped seeking Him with our whole heart. Don’t be deceived like the Jews into thinking that just because you have an outward appearance of spirituality (attend church, pray, read the Word, etc.) that your relationship with God is right. God brought destruction to Jerusalem and the Jewish nation over and over again because their hearts were not right. This is the hard message of the prophets like Micah.
Titus 1:16 (NIV) 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
God is seeking “true prophets” like Micah that are filled with the Holy Spirit and power. A people that will stand for justice and declare God’s word without fear or compromise. God is seeking full obedience. Remember God's call to His people is, "Be holy, for I am holy." God says this eight times in the Bible (Lev. 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7, 26; 21:8, 15; 1 Peter 1:15-16). He really means it!