Today’s Scripture Reading: Micah 6:1-7:20; 2 Chronicles 32:1-8; 2 Kings 18:13-18; Isaiah 36:1-3; 2 Kings 19:20-37; Isaiah 36:4-22
O my people, what have I done to you?
What have I done to make you tired of me?
Let’s imagine for a minute that tomorrow morning as you drive to work, school, or the grocery, you hear a voice that sounds like it’s coming from your radio that says:
“(Insert your name), what have I done to you? What have I done to make you tired of me? Answer me!”
And before you have a chance to answer, your Heavenly Father goes through a long list of things he’s done for you (Micah 6:4-5) and then he ends with this sentence:
“And remember your journey from Acacia Grove to Gilgal, when I, the Lord did everything I could to teach you about my faithfulness.” (Micah 6:5)
What would you say?
I know it would not be appropriate to answer God’s question with a question but I would definitely want to ask him, “Lord, what did I do to make you feel that way?”
I don’t know if the Israelites asked him that question, but the Lord definitely told them why he felt that they were tired of him (6:9-12):
- The homes of the wicked are filled with treasure gained by cheating
- Merchants are using dishonest scales and weights to measure out grain
- The rich have been wealthy through extortion and violence
- Your citizens are so used to lying that their tongues can no longer tell the truth
What are some things we do and attitudes we have that would cause the Lord think you and I are tired of him?
My first thought was becoming slack in the spiritual disciplines: Prayer, Bible Study, church attendance, giving and serving. While we know those things are important to God because he commands us to do them; this isn’t what he pointed out to the Israelites.
In Micah 6:8, the Lord mentions three things he requires of us that are good and are more important to him than our sacrifices (time, talent, and treasure):
- To do what is right
- To love mercy
- To walk humbly with your God
Very interesting…if the Israelites would have done these three things they could not have done the things God pointed out in verses 9-12.
If the Israelites were tired of God, what exactly were they were tired of?
- Having him as their God?
- His long-suffering, patience, and love?
- His provision and protection?
- Trying to live for him?
- Following his law?
- Trying to do the right thing?
- Trying and failing?
Yesterday, I was really beating myself up for feeling as though I had failed to love as Jesus commanded me to love.
Micah gave us words of encouragement as he spoke to God in Micah 7:18-20:
Where is another God like you,
who pardons the guilt of the remnant,
overlooking the sins of his special people?
You will not stay angry with your people forever,
because you delight in showing unfailing love.
Once again you will have compassion on us.
You will trample our sins under your feet
and throw them into the depths of the ocean!
You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love
as you promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago.
Friends, we know something about God’s unfailing love that Micah didn’t have a clue about: Jesus Christ, God’s only son, came to the earth, lived as a man, died on the cross, and paid the penalty for all the sins man had committed and will ever commit. Once we accept Jesus, our sins are thrown into the bottom of the ocean and remembered no more!
What a Blessed Hope!
Lord, thank you for never getting tired of me!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 19:1-19; Isaiah 37:1-20; 2 Chronicles 32:9-19; 2 Kings 19:20-37; Isaiah 37:21-38; 2 Chronicles 32:20-23