Renewal of the Church
v3-5: “My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery….. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”
In this passage, the Lord our creator, through the Prophet Micah, is speaking to the people of Israel. The Lord is asking is people to literally explain to HIM what HE has done to deserve worship that is not sincere, faithful and true. The Lord reminds them of all the ways He led them out of Israel and in spite of numerous blessing and mercies showered upon them, they continued to act in a manner that did not reflect true worship and relationship with God.
Today, the Lord is still looking at us and our church community and asking the question “My people, what have I done to you?” Is our worship just ceremonial, just like what the people of Israel had done when the Lord was speaking to them through the prophet Micah? Is our worship today one without love, worship without sincerity, worship without any desire to know HIM or HIS ways, worship without living a life worthy of our calling? Let us seek to renew our faith through the message conveyed through the Prophet Micah.
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary for you, pure and holy, tried and true
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“YOU never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to YOU. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.”
Augustine of Hippo
Ann John, St. John’s MTC, New York
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church