READ : Micah 2:6-11
Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us. (v. 6, niv)
One of the hardest things for people to do is to admit that they are wrong. For some reason, we think we’re not so bad. After all, we rationalize, “I’ve never killed anybody. I’m not a criminal. Isn’t God merciful? He would never condemn me!” That is also how the Hebrew people rationalized when they were confronted with Micah’s prophecy. “Stop your preaching,” they told him; “disgrace won’t catch up to us.”
Thinking like that shows we don’t understand how terrible sin is. Sin is an offense to God, and he hates it. And because of his righteous and holy nature, he must punish it. Thinking that we are not so bad or comparing ourselves to horrible sinners like Adolf Hitler or Saddam Hussein doesn’t help. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Thankfully, God has provided Jesus Christ as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. The words of 1 John 1:9 ought to be on our lips daily: “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Without that assurance of pardon, we live with a false sense of security.
Lord, help me to acknowledge my sin with humility, and be thankful for your forgiveness. Amen.