Silly Warning Labels:
Judgment is a gift for those who learn and change. I had a friend in high school that was caught drinking and driving. He spent one night in jail. He later said, “Best thing that ever happened to me.” Judgment is good for those who learn the lesson and change. How else can you learn? The judgment of God is the way you mature in your faith. The judgment of God is the means to become more and more like Christ. The judgment of God shapes and guides us.
Grace is our constant prayer. That makes sense….. We pray for God to overcome the bad things that happen, /undo the effects of poor decisions. We pray for God to keep away evil and heartaches to disappear. We pray for an easy life with unending joy. Grace is good. Grace is needed. We would not be alive without grace.
But the judgment of God is also GOOD! WILD IDEA: Pray for God’s judgment. God’s judgment means he has expectations/ standards. And we fall short. We sin. If we never ask for God to judge us and resist living by his standards, that means we are trying to bend God to our will, mold God into our likeness. The judgment of God is a gift for those who listen, confess, change.
We are walking through Micah this Summer….
A few years before Kay Bishop died she asked me to come visit her because she had something she wanted to talk about. What a sweet lady. Little Kay was about 95 when she died a few years ago having been in this church forever. What did she want? She wanted me to write notes for her funeral ~ favorite songs and scriptures. She had a list of Bible verses, but the top scripture: Micah 6:8 READ. Isn’t that great. The little book of Micah with precious gems. Micah 6:6-8 is a tremendous summary of of faith/Christian walk. Our character is so important, how we conduct ourselves. This message of a following God with sincerity of heart and action is as important in the days of Micah as it is for us. READ Thank you Kay…
We’ll be spending this Summer in Micah. Little Micah oftentimes gets overshadowed by his contemporaries Hosea, Amos and especially the towering Isaiah. Today an overview of Micah: highlights, what is a prophet, who is God, and what the message of Micah means for us.