Today you should read: Micah 6
The discipline of the Lord is a good thing. It might be hard in the moment, but in the end, it is what’s best. I know we have a warped sense of discipline, maybe because of our parents or schools, possibly because of overly-harsh discipline, or maybe because we weren’t disciplined often enough. But with God, who is wholly good and loving towards His children, His discipline is always good.
In this passage, we find Israel being corrected and corralled… just like we do in most of the Old Testament. Even in verse 4, we find God talking about Moses, which surely jogged their memories of all the times they needed God’s discipline to right the ship. Unfortunately, the lesson was never fully learned, but fortunately, a Messiah would come who could truly teach them the right way to live amongst each other and worship the Lord. Jesus is the full embodiment of the most famous verse in Micah:
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Meditate on this today:
We have a Savior who modeled for us what the abundant life (John 10) should look like. We have a loving Father who redirects our steps and disciplines us when necessary, for our good and His glory. We have the Holy Spirit of God living in us, with us every step of the way, reminding us of who we are and Whose we are.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor
One thought on “November 30, 2018”
O my people, what have I done to you?
What have I done to make you tired of me?
For I brought you out of Egypt
and redeemed you from slavery.
I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you.
This passage really grabbed my attention this morning. Israel often lived with the mentality of, “God, what have you done for me lately?” When trouble or difficulty arose they seemed to forget all the times God provided and showed them mercy. It’s easy for us to read Israel’s stories and wonder why they had such little faith in God after all He had done for them.
Am I any different? If I’m really honest about it I can slip into the “what have you done for me lately” mindset. I’ve heard our senior pastor say many times that if God did nothing else for us for the rest of our lives He’s already done too much. When I am prone to whine and complain about my problems I need to remember the countless blessings God has showered upon me and my family. I’m looking forward to celebrating the greatest gift of all this Advent Season.