Readings: Micah 6:1-8, I Corinthians 1:18-31, Matthew 5:1-12
Have you ever accidentally hurt someone’s feelings and endeavored to make it up to them? Have you ever sinned and tried to figure out how to make it right with God? We can’t make it right, but something inside sometimes cries out, “Fix it!” In His eternal mercy, Jesus has taken on all our sin and forgiven us. The big dark secret that tears at your heart – forgiven. The little thing you do every day and confess every night – forgiven. Not that we can judge, but the Israelites were way off God’s path in Micah’s day and the Lord Almighty was calling them out on it. The Lord reminded them of His faithfulness, and in their shame they asked, “What can we bring to the Lord?” How can we fix it? Several ideas come out, ending with the hideous, “Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?” I hope Micah mentioned that horror to startle the people, and not that they actually considered it. They knew human sacrifice was forbidden, even while they heard of other nations committing such an atrocity. After that attention-grabbing buildup, Micah directs people to the Word. He gives them this truth, “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Jesus fixed it so we can walk humbly with our God. Let’s get walking!