These are notes collected from studying with brothers in Christ. Anything good comes from the Lord. Everything else is from us!
Micah 6 stood out to me. In verses 11-16 the LORD describes a culture of corruption that has developed in Israel and how dishonest gain will ultimately not get them what they want.
6:14 “You will eat but not be satisfied;
your stomach will still be empty.
You will store up but save nothing,
because what you save I will give to the sword.”
This contrasts Micah 6:8 in which the LORD spells out his requirements for his people:
“To act justly and to love mercy and to and walk humbly with your God.”
Consider the mercy in God showing their corrupt ways aren’t satisfying: “You will eat but not be satsified.” He’s giving them a chance to repent. It’s a kindness when looked at that way.
I’ve been thinking a bit lately about how the saddest thing in the world is someone who God allows to be comfortable and happy and at ease their whole life, satisfied by the world and the flesh, only to realize on judgment day how badly they missed the mark.
Makes me think of the C.S. Lewis quote about people are too easily satisfied by things that are wastes of time.
Though, in reality, I think God has hard-wired us to not be ultimately satisfied by anything but Him–so that nagging is in there by design to bring us to Him!