Scripture: Micah 1-7. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Much of the Book of Micah is devoted to describing God’s judgment upon Judah, Israel, and on all of the earth. The judgment of God was to come upon this nation because of the sins of Israel, along with many other sins described in these seven chapters. Micah not only describes God’s judgment and destruction to follow, but He also describes God’s love. Follow along in the next Book of the Bible, Micah 1-7!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Our Heavenly Father hates sin but loves the sinner. Our daily actions and words are observed by others who may or may not choose to follow our examples, so we must set good examples for people around us. God wants us to be in communication with Him, and we must listen whenever He speaks, even if the message is hard to understand or take. God wants us to always rely on Him. When God reveals to us the future, He wants us to change our current behavior because of what we know about His plans for us. We need to be sure to regularly remember God’s goodness and thank Him on a daily basis for all of His blessings. Thinking about God’s goodness in past experiences – His protection, blessings, help, strength, etc. – will help us see His present provision(s) in our lives. Just as Micah 6:8 points out, God wants His people to be just, show mercy to those who harm us, and to walk humbly with Him. Our God alone is perfectly faithful. When we get off track in life, sin, and face trials due to our sins, we should not grow angry with God or think that He has rejected us; rather, we should admit our sin(s) and turn away from it/them, seek God, and continue to be patient and obedient to Him. Our God is a very forgiving and loving Father, and we cannot even fathom how much His love grows for us each day. When we live according to how God wants us to, we will then begin to affect our homes, families, friends, society, and this fallen world.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Micah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.