Scripture: Micah 3:9 – 4:5
Key verse: (4:5) For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever.
Reflection: This month at church we have focused on Micah 6:8 “what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” These expectations shape the lives of faithful people – justice, kindness, and humility. These expectations inform all of our decisions as we try to live as disciples.
Micah was a challenging prophet, who spoke the truth even when he knew it would be hard for others to hear. He lived in a time of financial success and religious reform, but Micah saw the hypocrisy behind the external achievements. He knew that behind the economic success was tremendous injustice and behind the religious reform was a lack of true faithfulness. Sometimes the outward signs cover up a lot of internal problems. Individuals, groups, institutions and nations can look great on the outside when inside there isn’t justice or kindness or humility. (I’m sure you can think of plenty of examples!)
In today’s passage Micah calls on the political and religious leaders to recognize their hypocrisy. Claiming the Lord’s support for what you’re doing when you aren’t living in the Lord’s way is a big problem. Then Micah offered hope that when the people returned to faithful living, the Lord would bring the blessing of true peace. All people walk in the name of a god. Some claim that they are walking in the way of God but they are following other gods – money, success, rewards, reputation, false security. Micah called the people, and calls us today, to walk in the name of the LORD our God. How will we walk with integrity today? How will we make faithful choices today?
Prayer: You are my God. Strengthen me to follow you with integrity today so that all of my actions, all of my words, and all of my thoughts and motivations honor you. Show me clearly when I stray from your way and give me the courage to repent and return to you. Show me clearly when I fail to bring my faithfulness into my public life and give me the courage to repent and return to you. In the name of Christ, my Lord, I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].