READ : Micah 3:1-12
Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them . . . (v. 4)
One of the greatest features of government in the United States is what is called the “balance of powers.” We have three branches of government: the executive branch directed by the president, the legislative branch made up of the lawmakers in Congress, and the judicial branch headed by the Supreme Court. No one branch has absolute power. Instead there are “checks and balances” to insure justice and integrity. When each branch functions in a responsible manner, peace and tranquility prevail in the land.
But what would happen if each branch were corrupt? It would be chaos! There would be no justice, and crime would be rampant. That was exactly the situation that Micah saw in Judah. There was corruption in the courts, the temple, and the palace. Judges, religious leaders, and royal officials worked hand in hand for their own benefit. The powerful elites prospered, and the common people suffered.
The most frightening thing about this, though, is God’s response. Micah says that when these corrupt leaders cry out to God for help in a crisis, he will remain silent. That is a scary predicament to be in, because it means judgment is on the way.
Lord, touch our lives in such a way that we may never come to the point where you have nothing to say to us. Amen.