Focus Verse: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (8)
It is not our outward sacrifices that please God. He is also not pleased by how much money we dump in the offering plate. God is pleased with hearts that are devoted to Him and that show their love for Him by striving to obey Him. He is pleased with people who act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Him.
Focus Verse: He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. (3)
Everytime I read this passage, I’m about ready to jump up and give a round of applause. I can’t wait for this awesome day to arrive! Millions of people past and millions of people present have wished for world peace (including me) and one day our wish for peace will come true. Since the beginning of time, humans have been in a constant conflict. We have struggled and fought endlessly against each other, against nature, against our environments, against God, against the supernatural, against machines and finally against ourselves. Always, we seek peace and always peace has found a way to evade us. But when Jesus returns, all our world will have peace.
Focus Verse: Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl. (8)
Because of their sins, Micah prophesies that Samaria and Jerusalem will be judged by God. However, he is not happy about their coming punishment. He weeps and mourns for them. We know that those who do not make peace with God during their lifetime will be judged by Him and doomed to eternal punishment in hell. This knowledge should distress us to the point that we are doing all we can to save them from such destruction.
Focus Verse: But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. (6)
God’s constant call to wayward sons and daughters is ‘return to Me.’ And He desires for us to return to Him for all time, not temporarily. He desires for us to maintain love, maintain justice and wait on Him always.
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Focus Verse: Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. (6)
Names matter. God has not called us “not loved”, but “Beloved.” Ephesians 1:6 says, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Jesus the Christ Is God’s Beloved and because we are in Christ, we have also become God’s Beloved. It is not based on anything we have done or will do. It is all based on what Christ has done for us.