Don’t Trust Anyone!
Think about the times you have disobeyed and disappointed God. Rejoice in his forgiveness and pardon. Thank him.
Read Micah 7:1-20
 What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave.  The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains. Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets.  Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire- they all conspire together.  The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. The day God visits you has come, the day your watchmen sound the alarm. Now is the time of your confusion.  Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with the woman who lies in your embrace guard the words of your lips.  For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law- a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.  But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.  Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.  Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD’s wrath, until he pleads my case and upholds my cause. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.  Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, she who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets.  The day for building your walls will come, the day for extending your boundaries.  In that day people will come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, even from Egypt to the Euphrates and from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.  The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants, as the result of their deeds.  Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pasturelands. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in days long ago.  “As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders.”  Nations will see and be ashamed, deprived of all their power. They will put their hands over their mouths and their ears will become deaf.  They will lick dust like a snake, like creatures that crawl on the ground. They will come trembling out of their dens; they will turn in fear to the LORD our God and will be afraid of you.  Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.  You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.  You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our ancestors in days long ago. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhere is the hope in this grim situation?
Micah laments the evil situation of his country and the judgment to come (1-6). When the invasion comes, says Micah, it will be “dog eat dog”–every man, woman or child for themselves. But his prophecy ends with a tremendous hymn of praise and encouragement. Micah’s hope (and ours) is not built on persuading God we are good enough, or bribing him with offerings. It is built on God’s character. We are so used to hearing about God as loving and forgiving that we forget how amazing this is. The gods of human invention reflect our own greed, selfishness and anger. The true God is a God we could never imagine. Don Carson wrote a book called The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. He’s right. It’s easy to understand why God would condemn us; impossible to understand why he loves us. Except, that’s the sort of God he is. “Such dire offenses to forgive, / such guilty, daring souls to spare: / this is thy grand prerogative, / and none shall in the honor share! / Who is a pardoning God like thee? / Or who has grace so rich and free?” (Samuel Davies, 1734-61). What a wonderful God!
Reflect on God’s great and wonderful love and grace for you. Then, give him your sincere thanks and praise.
Loving Lord, what a wonderful God You truly are! Help me to always keep that in mind, and be thankful.
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