Micah 2:7

During my morning devotional reading, I have been reading through the minor prophets. The often repeated message is coming judgment. The Israelites were comfortable in their sin and were happily listening to false prophets who told them that they were safe as they were. But Micah would have none of that. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he wrote and preached these words.

Is the Spirit of the LORD restricted? Are these His doings?
Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly?

The idea is that God will act consistent with what he has revealed in the Scriptures. The people could have repented of their sins and turned to the Lord for mercy. But instead they expected God to treat them well with no strings attached.

They naively questioned whether the Spirit of God would ever be angry with His people, or that God would ever do such things. They were forgetting that a father often shows his love for his children by disciplining them. Had God not followed through on the discipline He would have been untrue to His own word.

Micah answered the false prophets’ objections by describing the situation in the nation at that time. He first reminded them that God’s words do good to him whose ways are upright. God accurately judges human behavior. He blesses those whose ways are righteous.

John A. Martin, “Micah” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary Old Testament, (USA: SP Publications, 1989), 1480.

This is a good lesson for us today. If we would have God’s blessings on our lives, there are requirements that need to be met. God will not overlook sin. As a loving Father, he disciplines us so that we will turn back to him. And when we do, we will find his blessings are just what he said they would be. So, we would do well to ask ourselves if we are a qualified candidate for God’s blessing today.