Micah’s Personal Prescription
As the prophet Micah gives a series of stinging rebukes against the nations of Israel and Judah, he takes a pause for some personal reflection.
As if keeping a journal, he wonders how he should approach God. With reverence, with offerings, with sacrifices? No. That is not what God wants. God requires something much different, for him to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly.
Then Micah returns to his God-promoted discourse of doom. After a bit more invective, he becomes filled with remorse, saying, “What misery is mine?”Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly, and hope in and wait on God. Click To Tweet
Micah then reflects some more, delving into a depressing bit of introspection, before confidently affirming that his hope is in God; Micah will wait and God will hear him.
So Micah’s personal prescription then becomes to: Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly, and hope in and wait on God.
Works for me.
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