Archive for the ‘Micah’ Category

When you don’t have it in you, it’s still where you are.

January 3rd, 2017 by Maureen

O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV)

Other versions translate, “justly” as “justice” or “what is right,” and “mercy” as “kindness.” Imagine the impact that just shooting for just, right, kind, merciful, humble, kind attitudes and communication with others in every situation, can have on relationships, charitable giving, classroom and business practices, and public courtesies. We are unlikely to pull this off all the time even if- and maybe especially if – we are intentionally trying to do Micah 6:8 like it’s a task. We only have it in us to be this way because God has it in Him, and we are in Him and He’s in us. Focusing on these beautiful attributes in our beautiful God unleashes His love and grace in us so that we become rather than merely behave.

Lord, just as you supply all my needs, Micah 6:8 me please.

The wonders of Christmas 4

December 1st, 2016 by Maureen

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2 (ESV)

“Bethlehem? That’s random.” Why not one of the big players like Jerusalem? The redemption stories we would write would likely be more straightforward and predictable, but the story God’s been telling “from ancient days,” is full of surprises.  Even the way Jesus fulfills Old Testament prophesy so defied the logic and expectations of the religious Jews that He was unrecognizable to most of them. God often chooses the things that seem too little, foolish, weak, and random, perhaps, as 1 Cor. 1:27 suggests, to confound the wise.

Lord, help me to recognize Your amazing  story in seemingly insignificant and unexpected things.

 

Healing words from Matthew and Micah

November 9th, 2016 by Maureen

Love your neighbor as yourself. Matt 22:39 Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly. Micah 6:8

The president does not dictate whether or not we can love our neighbors. The laws of the land do not decide whether we choose to treat one another with fairness and graciousness. The policies of a government do not decide whether we choose to be generous and compassionate. The attitudes of politicians, the press, our favorite celebrities, or our neighbors do not dictate our responses. We still have the same choices today that we have always had: to love, to embrace justice, to extend mercy, and to exhibit humility and humanity.

Lord, inspire and guide each of us in loving our neighbors, all our neighbors.

Stardom for Bethlehem

December 15th, 2015 by Maureen

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2 (ESV)

“Bethlehem? That’s random,” might have been the response to God’s choice for the Messiah’s birthplace. Those who seem too little, foolish, weak, and random often have unexpected roles in God’s redemption story. When God includes us in the story He’s been telling “from ancient days,” there are no small roles.

Lord, thank you for giving me a part in Your amazing story.

Humbled

December 30th, 2014 by Maureen

…and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8b

It is the unearned, immeasurable, indiscriminate grace of Christ that allows us to experience appropriate humility. This is the kind of humility that knows how to celebrate victory and receive compliments yet readily admits failure and deflects adulation. This is the kind of humility that recognizes the insignificance of our deeds in the vast universe yet acknowledges that the cross of Christ makes each of us big and allows us to participate with Him in matters of eternal consequence. This is the kind of humility that can surrender everything to God’s hands and trusts in His good without reservation.

Lord, help me when I think I am too small to make a difference and when I think I’m so big I know better than You.

Mishpat, what’s that?

December 27th, 2014 by Maureen

The Lord has told you what is good and this is what He requires of you: To do justice, to love mercy,  and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

The Hebrew word used for “justice” in the original text is “mishpat.”  It means treating people in a way that reflects the character of God, encompassing His love and righteousness. So what does doing justice mean in 21st century western culture? Is is fairness? Does it mean paying people what they have earned or dividing resources equally? Does it involve fighting for the rights of the needy, oppressed, or  underrepresented? Is justice assessing other people according their behavior and character based on our value systems? Does it mean “eye for an eye” justice or should the redemptive  work of Christ affect how we interpret “mishpat?” There are lots of layers to the idea and different ways to focus on the concept. I liked this guy’s take, but there are many aspects to “doing  justice” as we live our lives with God.

Lord, help me to respond to others with the mishpat of Christ.

Beachcomber on the shore of the Sea of Forgetfulness

June 28th, 2014 by Maureen

You delight in showing unfailing love. Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! Micah 7:18b-19

The sea of forgetfulness is a powerful visual for forgiveness. We can accept God’s forgiveness but still struggle to forgive ourselves and others. Guilt, shame, and regret over our past sins, resentment and distrust over past hurts keep us from enjoying the freedom and grace that redeeming forgiveness offers us. What God has thrown into the sea need not junk up the shores of our lives. Imagine combing the beach with your loving Father to deliberately pick up each offense, each sin, and throw it back into the sea of forgetfulness where it belongs.

Lord, thank You for the power of forgiveness.

 

Intentional this

January 4th, 2013 by Maureen

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah6:8 (NIV)

Other versions translate, “justly” as “justice” or “what is right,” and “mercy” as “kindness.” Imagine the impact just shooting for just, right, kind, merciful, humble attitudes and behaviors every day, in every situation, can have on relationships, charitable giving, business practices, and public courtesies. Imagine living Micah 6:8 intentionally.

Lord, help me to do what is right and just, to love kindess and mercy and to walk with humility.

Casting the Christmas story

December 23rd, 2011 by Maureen

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2 (ESV)

“Bethlehem? That’s random,” might have been the response to God’s choice for the Messiah’s birthplace. Those who seem too little, foolish, weak, and random often have unexpected roles in God’s redemption story. When God includes us in the story He’s been telling “from ancient days,” there are no small roles.

Lord, thank you for giving me a part in Your amazing story.

God is not a last minute shopper

December 16th, 2010 by Maureen

 But you, O Bethlehem are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past, from the days of eternity. Micah 5:2

God’s redemptive love for us is so strong that he had a gift ready for the world from the beginning. He knew exactly what we needed, wrapped it simply, and presented it with love one night in Bethlehem. Christ is the gift that never stops giving.

Thank you for giving your Son.