In Spirit and In Truth
Dear Father, You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Your compassion and presence never change. I praise You.
Read Micah 6:1-16
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“The greatest threat to humankind may prove in the end to be not a war-time but a peace-time peril, namely the spoliation of earth’s natural resources by human folly or greed” (John Stott, 1920-2010).
The hills and mountains, and indeed the whole of creation, have an important place in the life of Israel. They stand as a testimony to the Lord’s steadfastness in the times of Israel’s vulnerability and of God’s changelessness in the face of Israel’s frequent fickleness.
For Micah, as for Jeremiah, the watchword was “Listen to what the Lord says” (1). This word was spoken to a people who had completely lost their moral compass and who were just relying on going through the motions of their formal worship. They believed that the outward form was enough to maintain the benefits of the Lord’s favor, even though they had sunk to the pagan depths of child sacrifice. We may revolt at the sheer, stark reality of this, but is our society reflecting many of the religious, cultural and social mores that Micah spoke against? Because we are not only part of creation but custodians of God’s creation (“rule over” in Genesis 1:28 signifies a godly “pre-fall” oversight), should we be surprised when people sometimes suffer as a result of the effects of creation’s powerful forces? We can explain some disasters as having natural causes, but so often our innate sin makes us work against creation’s natural laws rather than with them. We must, of course, avoid the temptation to make the direct link between a person’s and a group’s suffering and sin (Luke 13:4). If we were the only ones to suffer for our sin, then we could say that was natural justice. The really awful consequences are that the innocent often suffer more than the perpetrators. We are called to be stewards of creation. We are our brother’s keeper. (Gen. 4:9; Eph. 3:6).
Verse 8 is a clear, succinct summary of the kind of qualities God wants our lives to display. Use it as a spiritual health check on your life today.
Lord, I want to live a life that is pleasing to You. May I be willing to cooperate with Your will and become the person You want me to be.
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