In an age when our greatest challenge to faith is to ignore the baby in the pew in front of us, our faith is weak indeed!
This verse reached out and touched me this morning.
But I am full of the courage that the Lord’s Spirit gives,
and have a strong commitment to justice.
This enables me to confront Jacob with its rebellion,
and Israel with its sin.
Micah 3.8 NET.
I — In contrast with the false prophets who mislead the people, v. 5.
full — more than completely equipped.
Courage — what’s needed to do the difficult task, against all odds.
that the Lord’s spirit gives — the source is God, without whom the task would be overwhelming.
strong commitment to justice — a keen sense of what is right, which also comes from the Lord, in contrast with the leaders who “hate what is good, and love what is evil” v. 2.
to confront — what no one else will do, by speaking or stating in clear terms, in hopes of repentance on the part of the people.
This verse also applies to me as a follower of Christ, whose task is to proclaim repentance to all and forgiveness of every sin.
Old college friend and TFR Fellow Michael Summers writes, after losing his son on Wednesday,
Live your lives with love for others and tell them that you love them. Don’t fret about the past having been better; enjoy the day that God has given you so that he can make the world better through you. Pray hard, and trust.
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Glory to God for his reign over all the universe, for his care of this world, he “who gives the sun for light by day, the laws that govern the moon and stars for light by night, and who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar. The Lord of the Heavenly Armies is his name” (Jer 31.35 ISV).
by J. Randal Matheny © 2015
The chicken fills its gullet grain by grain,
The river rises by drops from falling rain,
A man increases wealth by nickel and dime,
And saints must grow in Christ a step at a time.
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