Sunday, October 20, 2019

October 20 - Micah 7

Today's reading in our daily plan is Micah 7. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter begins in gloom (7:1-6) and ends in hope (7:8-20).
  • Micah watches as the government and rulers are overrun with corruption but God promises to lead his people out of the darkness of sin and into his light.
  • Micah can’t find an honest person anywhere in the land! (Ever feel that way?!)
  • He shows great faith personally (7:7) and in the big picture of the world (7:8-10). Micah knows God will show up and that God will bring them out of the darkness.
  • The book of Micah ends with hope in God. There has been a back and forth between God’s judgment and God’s hope in the book of Micah. God will keep his promises. He will be faithful to his people! Count on it.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We can have a relationship with God that can allow us to have confidence like Micah’s. It’s possible! It doesn’t take any special talent or knowledge. It simply takes faith in God and a willingness to act on that faith.
  • Punishment does not mean rejection. When you face hard times because of your sin, don’t be angry with God and don’t beat yourself up. Instead, turn away from your sin. Turn to God. Be patient (with yourself and God) and give obedience a try!
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God delights in showing us his unfailing love! Just like the people in the book of Micah, God has made a covenant (agreements) with us. He will be faithful to us and he will forgive us from our mess-ups. Jesus made sure of these promises on the cross and through the resurrection! Micah says in verse 20 of chapter 7, the last verse of the book, he will throw our sin into the “depths of the ocean”.
  • Spend some time reflecting on the sin in your life. Be truthful with yourself and confess your sin to God. Do not rush this time! Sit back and accept God’s unfailing love. He throws your sin into the depths of the ocean. It’s gone. Try to feel that truth and let your gratefulness to God