Week Twenty-Nine – Verse by Verse Devotional Series – The Prophets: Micah
Micah was from Morsheth Gath. The town was so small it was a ghetto of the Philistine town of Gath. Is it any wonder that Micah could appreciate that Jesus would come from the town of Bethlehem?
Sunday, July 19
Micah 1: 3,4 Look! The Lord is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads the high places of the earth. The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire like water rushing down a slope.
Prayer: O God, the prospect of meeting you, our creator, causes us to tremble.
Thought for the day: The earth knows its creator. Why do some individuals not know their creator?
Monday, July 20
Micah 2:6 “Do not prophesy,” their prophets say. “Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.”
Prayer: God, save us from the alluring message of false prophets who prophesy false security.
Thought for the day: If you change the channel enough times, you can always find a message that sounds soothing.
Tuesday, July 21
Micah 3:11 Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.”
Prayer: Jesus, in the midst of religiosity may we have the spirit of discernment.
Thought for the day: The words “God bless” are often used to make the poisonous taste palatable.
Wednesday, July 22
Micah 4:1 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and people will stream to it.
Prayer: God, we give thanks and praise to you that the order of this world will one day give way to you eternal order.
Thought for the day: Nothing lasts forever except eternity.
Thursday, July 23
Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah though you are small among the clans of Judah you of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Prayer: Jesus, you kept your promise to come, and you will keep it again.
Thought for the day: Yes, little towns and little communities can have a big heart, the heart of Jesus.
Friday, July 24
Micah 6:7,8 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, o man, 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.
Prayer: God, we thank you for showing us what is required and what is not.
Thought for the day: Some gift cards are given as an easy way out.
Saturday, July 25
Micah 7:18, 19 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread or sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
Prayer: O God, your goodness and mercy are beyond comparison. You deserve all our praise.
Thought for the day: What sort of a world would it be, if God were not a God of mercy and compassion?