If you cannot see the light, follower of God, perhaps you are blinding yourself. Today we review a situation in which ultimately, God determined that his people needed to be plowed under. God will take whatever action necessary for us turn back toward him…
1 Then I said,
“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,
you rulers of Israel.
Should you not embrace justice,
2 you who hate good and love evil;
5 This is what the Lord says:
“As for the prophets
who lead my people astray,
they proclaim ‘peace’
if they have something to eat,
but prepare to wage war against anyone
who refuses to feed them.
6 Therefore night will come over you, without visions,
and darkness, without divination.
The sun will set for the prophets,
8 But as for me, I am filled with power,
with the Spirit of the Lord,
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression,
to Israel his sin.
12 Therefore because of you,
Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.
Micah 3:1-2, 5-6, 8, 12
40 “He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts,
If you cannot see the light, follower of God, perhaps you are blinding yourself. If you cannot discern and share wisdom, leader, perhaps you have had your privileges revoked… That’s what happened to the prophets and leaders of Israel in Micah’s time. They were lovers of evil rather than good, and God shut their eyes and ears to his direction and will.
Ultimately, God determined that they needed to be plowed under. Have you ever plowed anything under? You might have seen this in the fields where you live. The weeds and grass which grows out of season is plowed under to prepare the ground for the planting of the real crop. If you aren’t bearing fruit and growing something worthy of harvest, you may be plowed under by the Lord…
We can expect this to look like radio-silence. God, who I would say is always speaking to his people, will become silent in two situations: when we have closed our ears in hardness, or when he has hardened us in the direction we are already heading and stopped speaking to us for a time.
What’s God’s purpose in this? He wants us to humble ourselves so that he can lift us up again. God desires for us to turn from our wicked ways toward him, so that he can plant, water, and grow his blessings in our lives.
How’s your field? How’s your heart? How’s your attentiveness to the Lord and your commitment to his goodness? If it’s time to make a right turn, do it before the Lord decides that you have gone too far in another way… otherwise you may be plowed under…