July 18 – Micah 2

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Micah prophesied to God’s people in Judah. He called them to repent and to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

Micah 2

Human Plans and God’s Plans

Woe to those who plan iniquity,
    to those who plot evil on their beds!
At morning’s light they carry it out
    because it is in their power to do it.
They covet fields and seize them,
    and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes,
    they rob them of their inheritance.
Therefore, the Lord says:
“I am planning disaster against this people,
    from which you cannot save yourselves.
You will no longer walk proudly,
    for it will be a time of calamity.
In that day people will ridicule you;
    they will taunt you with this mournful song:
‘We are utterly ruined;
    my people’s possession is divided up.
He takes it from me!
    He assigns our fields to traitors.’”
Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord
    to divide the land by lot.

False Prophets

“Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.
    “Do not prophesy about these things;
    disgrace will not overtake us.”
You descendants of Jacob, should it be said,
    “Does the Lord become impatient?
    Does he do such things?”
“Do not my words do good
    to the one whose ways are upright?
Lately my people have risen up
    like an enemy.
You strip off the rich robe
    from those who pass by without a care,
    like men returning from battle.
You drive the women of my people
    from their pleasant homes.
You take away my blessing
    from their children forever.
10 Get up, go away!
    For this is not your resting place,
because it is defiled,
    it is ruined, beyond all remedy.
11 If a liar and deceiver comes and says,
    ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’
    that would be just the prophet for this people!

Deliverance Promised

12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
    I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
    like a flock in its pasture;
    the place will throng with people.
13 The One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
    they will break through the gate and go out.
Their King will pass through before them,
    the Lord at their head.”

SOAP Note

Me vs. You | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Micah 2:7

Observation

The Enduring Word bible commentary pointed out to me that, “in their foolishness, the people of Israel thought that God was the problem. They needed to understand that there was no restriction on the Spirit of the Lord; instead they provided all the restriction. The key to their preservation in the midst of judgement was to stick tightly to God’s words. When they rejected God’s words, they were left poor and destitute – materially and spiritually.”

Application

It’s fun to see God at work! In another Bible study I’m involved in, we focused on James 1:13-18, which basically says that everything bad comes from our own evil desires and everything good comes from God. And that’s precisely what God is saying to His people through Micah in this verse. God isn’t the one making their lives hard, they are! And it’s a lesson I’m learning right now. When I’m not clinging tightly to God’s words and choose my own way instead, destruction always follows. Sometimes I feel caught in the middle of a tug-o-war between trying to do what’s right and trying to do what I want. But if I keep studying the Bible, if I keep myself surrounded by fellow Christ-followers to hold me accountable, if I keep the lines of communication between me and God open, my desires and God’s desires will start looking the same! I can’t rely on me. Everything that is bad in my life comes from my own evil desires so I need to stay away from that! But everything that is good comes from Him so that’s where I need to focus my attention!

Prayer

You are a Good God! Everything good and perfect is a gift from You. I know You desire a real relationship with me and that You want me to relinquish the imperfect control I have over my life to Your faithful and true control. I am sorry I hold on so tightly to the reins. Thank You for Your patience with me, for Your loving and gentle correction, and for providing opportunities like this to open my eyes to my behavior so I can see how badly I need You. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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