Today’s Reading: Micah 1-7
Today’s Reflection: Micah 2:1
Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand.
I remember watching a talk show where the subject was adultery. A man who had been cheating on his fiancé with her best friend was asked why he did it. He said, ‘it just happened.’ The show host started interrogating him a bit further.
Host: Where did the affair happen?
Man: At a motel.
Host: Well how did you get to the motel?
Man: I picked her up after work. We went for a drink, then to the motel.
Host: How did you wind up at her office after work?
Man: Well I texted her earlier in the day to see if I could meet up with her.
Host: And where was your fiancé in all of this?
Man: Well, she was working an evening shift so I knew she wouldn’t be expecting me or her friend to be around.
Host: So, what you’re telling me is you picked an evening when you knew your fiancé would be otherwise occupied, to arrange to meet up with her best friend. You took her for drinks, then to a motel. Then the affair ‘just happened’? It that right?
Amazing just how much planning it takes for something to ‘just happen’, isn’t it?
Micah was a prophet during a time of prosperity for Judah. Unfortunately it was also a time of apostasy, a time when the people of Judah were selfish and disobedient to God. A time when the wealthy were unconcerned with the plight of the poor. The purpose of Micah’s ministry was to warn Judah of God’s coming judgment and the reason for it. Today’s text is a big part of it. Not only did the people of Judah sin, but they planned for it, thought about it, dreamed of it. Then got up and did evil.
They sinned because they dwelt on evil, selfish, lustful things then made plans to carry them out. Their sins didn’t ‘just happen’. And this is the point Micah was making in today’s text.
If we examine our sinful behaviour, we will more often than not find that the things we feel ‘just happened’ didn’t just happen at all. One of the best quotes I’ve heard on the subject says “sin isn’t an event, it’s a process”.
James 1:14-15 – 14) But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15) Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
This is why the Bible focuses so much on the renewing of our minds. We need an entirely new way of thinking and seeing so that rather than dwelling on sin and desiring to carry it out, we begin dwelling on the good things of God and desiring to carry them out.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.