The Selfish Servants
Micah 3:4 – Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at the time, because they have made their deeds evil.
The Lord was calling out the rulers of the two nations and holding them accountable for the waywardness of the people.
“Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice? – you who hate the good and love the evil. Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly? But lately my people have risen up as an enemy.”
Poor leadership and self-serving leaders will eventually bring disaster which is something that has been evident through the centuries. Our leaders, whether that be in society or in the church, have a responsibility to lead people with truth and honesty. For Judah and Israel, they were being led by those ‘who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity.’ They had wandered so far from God’s laws that the rulers were taking bribes, the priests would teach for a price and the prophets would indulge in divination for money. Through all this they still claimed that “the LORD is in the midst of us. No disaster shall come upon us.” Micah 3 verse 4 tells a different story which, ironically, Solomon had penned 300 years previously.
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. Prov.1:28
The rich and powerful within Judah and Israel thought they were living their best life and that nothing would bring them down. The poor and weak were being trodden on and probably wondered if anything could lift them up. Injustice was rampant and the Lord was not prepared to let it continue. “Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins.” The leaders would then of course cry out to the Lord but the cry would be too late and no answer would come at that time.
Our God is full of grace, compassion and mercy and we have the privilege of being able to call upon him at any time which is why he deserves our faithfulness to him.
Living our best life can only come through a unified relationship with God, serving him with reverence and being wholly committed to his ways.