Reading: Micah 6: 1-5
Micah opens this section by letting the people know that they have sinned against God. In their hearts it is something they surely already know. Just as at times we have sinned and quickly felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit, so too must the people living in Micah’s time. God calls all of creation to hear the case He has against Israel. The grand audience would indicate that this is a pretty serious charge that God is going to level against His chosen people.
Then there is a shift. It begins in verse three, where God asks, “My people, what have I done to you”? It is like asking, ‘How could you’? God then asks how He has burdened the people. In this question God is preparing them for what comes next. In the next few verses, God explains things that are just the opposite of burdens. God reminds the people of the many ways in which He has blessed them and cared for them and protected them. Perhaps the ‘How could you’ question begins to ring in their minds. By helping them to remember the ways in which God has been there for them, God is reminding them of the relationship they have and of the covenant on which that relationship is founded.
We too have had many times in our lives where God has looked in and wondered, “How could you”? And God treats us the same as He did the Israelites. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God reaches out to us, shines light on our sin, calls us to repent and return to our covenant relationship with God. God remains true and faithful to His part of the covenant – always loving and caring for us, always calling us back to a righteous relationship. God faithfully and patiently calls us back over and over, calling us to walk faithfully with our God.
May we recall the many ways that God has blessed, cared for, protected, and loved us to this day. Then may we go forth to walk this day and all days as a faithful servant of the Lord our God.