Monthly Archives: February 2015

Can You Hear Me Now?

1195551_50578947Reflections founded on the book of Micah as a whole.

“Why didn’t you listen when you were told before?” “We told you so” “Are you listening to us?” “Didn’t you hear us the first time?” “This isn’t the first time you have heard this!”

These are all statements or questions I imagine Micah and some of the other prophets would have had or possibly even said as they lived out their calling as prophets of God among the people of Judah and Israel. In his time Micah had the responsibility of telling the people that God had a plan, a plan of destruction that would wipe out the nation for their wrongdoings and evil ways. For generations the people have heard and mostly ignored the words of the prophets, their lack of listening and actions of disobedience bring us to hear a familiar message through the Minor Prophets.

Chapter 6:8 I believe sums up the words of Micah’s message to the people, “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” It seems so simple, and yet just like the people in Micah’s time we have difficulties understanding and following these words. In society today many of our leaders are just as lost and corrupt as they were back then, it’s hard to find direction when you don’t know who in leadership you can trust to follow.

As I have been reading through the Minor Prophets I can’t help but think about the small remnant of faithful people that have the strength and courage to continue being faithful even as they suffer the same punishment as the unfaithful. Micah near the end of this book offers those faithful few a picture of hope, a hope that continues to keep them on track with God. Today we can be encouraged by the words of hope that Micah presents, we (the faithful) who are trusting in the Lord have the hope of His return and the heavenly blessings that come with that faith and trust in Him. We have the promise of eternal life through Christ and that knowledge is what keeps me going, it is that hope that drives me as I navigate through a life of servant leadership in His name.

Are we like the people that Micah was prophesying to? YES I believe that our culture has fallen into the same problems like that of the people of Judah some 2700 years ago. What is our response? I believe that it is our responsibility as leaders to be working toward a better understanding of what it means to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly before our God.

Jonah – Running Scared.

Running awayReflections founded on the book of Jonah as a whole.

Jonah like many of the other prophets had a specific call to ministry and when I read through his story I begin to see how his response to Gods calling is very different than the other prophets. The example or trend that I have seen so far through the Minor Prophets has been God calling men to a specific task and each of those men have been obedient to that call and do what God has asked.

The story of Jonah throws us a curve ball when we read that Jonah refuses to obey the command from God to go the city of Nineveh and preach a message of destruction because of its wickedness, Jonah then attempts to run away from God. Through the very memorable events of the storm and Jonah being tossed into the sea and swallowed by a giant fish we begin to see even through his disobedience how God is using him to reach the lost. Take a look at 1:16, “At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him”. I think we often overlook what happened with the sailors on the boat, they are introduced into the story as men who cried out to their own gods and here they are have witnessed the power of God at work and their lives are changed, I think this is important to note, this was God working through Jonah.

Through Jonah’s journey we begin to understand how much God loves us no matter how far we turn. Jonah eventually does make it to Nineveh and God continues to use him not only to turn the people towards Him but also to use Jonah as an example of His love and compassion. God gave Jonah a second chance because He loved him. I am encouraged because God has called me and sometimes I feel like running the opposite way because of fears and inexperience, but God promises to be with me and I know He loves me. I am also encouraged that through Jonah’s story we see that God answers prayer, he answered the prayers of the sailors, the prayers of Jonah and the prayers of the Ninevites. God is Good.

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