Micah the prophet presents the true picture of God to Israel and Judah. Throughout the book there are also prophecies about Jesus the Messiah, who will gather the people into one nation. He will be their King and ruler, acting mercifully towards them. Much of the book is devoted to describing God’s judgement on Israel (The Northern Kingdom), on Judah (The Southern Kingdom), and on all the earth.
Micah could not find an honest person anywhere in the land. Even today, real honesty is difficult to find. Society rationalizes sin, and even Christians sometimes compromise Christian principles in order to do what they want. It is easy to convince ourselves that we deserve a few breaks, especially when everyone else is doing it.
Sin had affected the government leaders and society in general. But the standards for honesty comes from God, not society. The nation of Judah was being punished in order to bring the people to God, not to send them away from him.
When you face trials because of your sin, do not be angry with God or be afraid that he has rejected you. Instead, turn away from your sin and turn to God. In an age when righteousness and holiness was making very little difference in people’s lives, God expected his people to be fair, just and merciful. God requires the same of Christians today.
In a world that is unfair, believers must act justly. In a world of tough decisions and challenges, believers must be merciful. In a world of pride and self-sufficiency, believers must walk humbly with God. Only when we live God’s way will we begin to affect our homes, our society, and our world.