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Reckless Living Reaps Little Reward


Micah 1:1-4:13

When I was little, I went snow skiing with my family every winter. I wasn’t very good at turning, so I would go straight down the mountain as fast as I could. One day a ski instructor kept warning me to slow down. I didn’t think I needed to listen because I had been skiing for years, and he finally stopped trying to convince me. Of course I was wrong. I eventually lost control and ran into someone else on the slopes. It was painful, and I cried a lot, but it also was the last time I skied so recklessly. 

The type of warning the ski instructor gave me is similar to the warning Micah gives to Israel to stop turning from God. When we first read the prophecy, it sounds harsh. Micah says that Zion will be plowed like a field and Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble. However, the people were sinning, and they knew their sin would have serious consequences. So why would they continue in it? They misunderstood grace. Micah 3:11 shows they thought God’s grace would get them out of the effects of their sin, that no disaster would befall them.

In His grace, God will let us experience how destructive our sin is so that we start to believe that it is bad and He is good. When we truly understand how destructive sin is, we will flee from it and run toward Jesus. Is there any sin in your life that you aren’t taking seriously? If so, heed Micah’s warning and turn to Jesus today.

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