Anytime a passage of scripture opens with a “woe”, get ready to experience conviction. There are lots of “woes” in the Bible, all of which give us stern warnings on godliness, obedience, and sin. Today’s passage, Micah 2, is no exception. Here’s what it says:
Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand. (Micah 2:1 ESV)
You might be wondering, “What will happen if we devise wickedness and evil?” Where is the retribution in this “woe”? Well, God gives us some pretty stern words:
Therefore thus says the LORD: behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster. In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you and moan bitterly, and say, “We are utterly ruined; he changes the portion of my people; how he removes it from me! To an apostate he allots our fields.” (Micah 2:3-4 ESV)
This passage spoke specifically about those mistreating God’s people and God’s holy land. The rest of the passage speaks of the foolishness of those in Israel. They were allowing false teachers to preach messages contrary to the Lord’s law. God was displeased, and yet in verses 12-13, we see God’s awesome promise to gather Israel once again.
Alright… so back to the “woe”. What is the lesson learned today? The first thing we learn ties in with the overarching truth of the Bible: God is holy. Never forget it. He is set apart. He is pure. If He wasn’t pure, how could He offer this “woe”? Secondly: God’s holiness demands holiness. We are supposed to be like Him. We must avoid “devising wickedness” at all costs. We must life above reproach.
The reality is, though, that none of us is perfect. While we may think we are good people, we all fall short of God’s glory. Even the most “Christian” of us miss His mark. Today, be grateful that you are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. Be thankful that while you are guilty of this “woe”, you serve a God of second chances.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor