Pastor Jose Alers
I really dislike it when someone is not direct and sugar-coats bad news, or tries to break the news in a long, drawn out manner. It’s like having a band aid pulled off very slowly. When we have to confront someone or there is a conflict, the fear many times is that we are going to do more harm than good.
In the verses preceding Micah 2:6-11, Micah gives an oracle of doom to the nation of Judah. Micah is prophesying against Judah and the prophets want him to stop predicting bad news. The false prophets are under the delusion that everything is fine and here is their response.
“Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.
“Do not prophesy about these things;
disgrace will not overtake us.”
Should it be said, O house of Jacob:
“Is the Spirit of the LORD angry?
Does he do such things?”
“Do not my words do good
to him whose ways are upright?
In Ephesians 4:15 Paul says, “Instead, speaking the truth in love,” in other words we should be authentic in everything and to be kind and loving as we do it. God wants us to be truthful and honest about every situation, whether or not that makes us the good guy or not. Micah had a very important message from God for the people of Judah that he had to deliver.
Is there a situation in your life where you need to speak the truth in love? Will you be authentic or will you beat around the bush? What is keeping you from doing so? Allow Micah to encourage you to be honest and serve the Lord.