FRIDAY 20TH MARCH, 2020
THEME: Danger of Godless Living
PASSAGE: Micah 6:9-16
HYMN: MHB-362 AUTHOR of faith, eternal Word,
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 1:5 “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”
In the light of God’s tremendous patience and compassion toward His people, the Israelites, Micah challenged them to review some of the good things the Lord had done for them Vs 3-5. Yet the people rebelled against God by neglecting His ordinances and were full of deceit, falsehood, wicked acts, short measure in commerce, violence and oppression of the poor. Jesus re-echoed this message to the Pharisees that they were carefully keeping their religious rules and ceremonies, while they failed to avoid godless ways like cheating, injustice, and corruption. What God demands from us are justice, mercy and faithfulness (Matt. 23:23).
Some Christians also do whatever pleases them from Monday to Saturday, acquire all they can through whatever ungodly means (Micah 6:10-12), return faithfully to church on Sunday with large tithes and offerings, hoping to bribe God with sacrifices and offerings (Micah 6:6-7). But God is not mocked (Gal. 6:7-8). It is right to come before God and give our offerings from honest endeavours, but we must also not neglect the godly way of the Lord in all our dealings with God and other fellow Christians.
The people of God walked after the statutes of Omri and followed the practices of Ahab (Micah 6:16), who were both evils during their reigns as Kings (1kings 16:25,30). This brought about ruins to the people and they became the scorn of the nations around them.
The same thing is true for us today. The unbelieving world will be tempted to mock the name of Jesus when they see believers who do not treat each other with justice and mercy. We should endeavour to follow the godly way, lest we, too, face God’s charges (Micah 6:1-2) and His judgment (Micah 6:13-15).
PRAYER: God, help me daily to walk humbly with You in all ways till the end of my life in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
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