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Dec
15

God Doesn’t Understand

Micah 2:6-11 (NIV)

“Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.
    “Do not prophesy about these things;
    disgrace will not overtake us.”
You descendants of Jacob, should it be said,
    “Does the Lord become impatient?
    Does he do such things?”

“Do not my words do good
    to the one whose ways are upright?
Lately my people have risen up
    like an enemy.
You strip off the rich robe
    from those who pass by without a care,
    like men returning from battle.
You drive the women of my people
    from their pleasant homes.
You take away my blessing
    from their children forever.
10 Get up, go away!
    For this is not your resting place,
because it is defiled,
    it is ruined, beyond all remedy.
11 If a liar and deceiver comes and says,
    ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’
    that would be just the prophet for this people!

 

Let’s face it, we​ don’t always like what God’s Word says to us, do we?  The Bible holds up a mirror to us and shows us our flaws.  The Bible tells us that we don’t measure up.  God, in His Word, tells us how we should be living.  The Bible points out our errors and mistakes.  The Bible, rightly so, calls us sinners and calls us to repent.  The problem is…we don’t want to.

Micah was prophesying against God’s people and they didn’t want to hear it.  Verse 8 says that God’s people had become like an enemy to Him.  They didn’t like hearing that God would be upset with them.  They wanted soothing words and sweet messages.  They wanted a kinder, gentler God with few expectations.  Look at verse 11:

If a liar and deceiver comes and says,
    ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’
    that would be just the prophet for this people!​ – Micah 2:11 (NIV)​

​The people of Micah’s day wanted God’s blessings and good times, but they had rejected God!  They wanted false prophets to tell them everything was just fine and dandy, but things were not that way at all!

This is true in America today.  We don’t want preachers to preach the Gospel that calls us to repentance.  We don’t want pastors to call us out on our sinful habits and addictions.  We only want encouraging messages about God’s grace and love.  We want preachers to tell us that it’s okay because God understands.  God doesn’t understand!  We’re His children and He has expectations for His children just as any parent has for their children.  When we don’t measure up, we are corrected and disciplined.  We don’t want the discipline.  We don’t want to repent.  We don’t want to change.  We like to sin and we hate it when someone tells us we’re not measuring up to God’s expectations and standards of holiness.  We want the cure without the shot.  We want Heaven without the cost of repentance.  Our Heavenly Father says it just can’t be that way.  We don’t get to pick and choose what we want to do.  To do so is to create God in our image and likeness.  He will not be so diminished and demeaned.  God is God and we are not.  We do things His way or else we suffer the consequences of our actions.

 

PRAYER: O Father, I am a wretched sinner.  I confess that I struggle with repentance.  I need Your Spirit to help me repent and to make me holy as You are holy.  I confess that I want to do what I want to do regardless of Your expectations and regardless of the consequences.  Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned against You.  Thank You for the blood of Jesus that washes me clean.  Amen.

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