Today you should read: Micah 3
“You can’t have it both ways.” Have you ever heard that before? I know I have. I think most of us, naturally want that. We want to love and follow God but we are often tempted to straddle the fence between loving God and following the world. I think we see that very clearly in this passage in the people of Israel.
Throughout this passage the prophet points out to the people that they are doing evil while praying and asking God to be with them and bless them (verses 1-4 and 9-11). The people disobeyed God and lived however they wanted to and then they would turn to God in times of trouble and ask for His blessings. What they didn’t realize is that God is not some genie for them or for us to just come to and drop our wishes on.
I think the whole passage really hinges on verse 4. God has just told the people that they devour His people and then they turn and ask for His protection and deliverance in times of trouble. Then, in verse4 He asks a tough rhetorical question, “Do you really expect him to answer you after all the evil you have done?”
That is the question posed for us today. Now, we know that, in Jesus we have grace and forgiveness. But, if we are to come to God in our times of need then true repentance must precede that. We cannot live life time and time again as we wish and then just throw up a “My bad, sorry about that, won’t happen again” to God and expect to receive anything from Him. If we live in sin day after day, if our Monday through Saturday is filled with worldly living and “divided loyalty” we should not expect to receive anything from God on Sunday (James 1:5-7).
But praise God that we can to Him in true repentance and He will, as the father did to the prodigal son, take us back with joy. God does not want empty words or a “try harder” spirit. He wants a “broken and contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17), He wants someone who says “God my sin is wrong, I am want to turn away from it and turn to you. Help me. Give me strength and courage to do so.”
What sin is it that you need to deal with in this way today? Do it now.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd