DAILY MANNA, Tuesday, 19 January, 2016

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Topic: Awesome Judgment

Text: MICAH 3:1-12

Key Verse: “Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings” (Micah 3:4).

At times, we wonder why, with all our prayers and fasting, the heavens appear quiet, still and difficult to penetrate. In our part of the world, there has not been a time in history when we had an increase in religious activities as there is today. The volumes of prayers that rise each day, and the gamut of the “prophecies” that are being received appear to be completely rubbished by the cries of woes and oppressions the ordinary man is facing. Why does it appear that the heavens are sealed against us? Why are we having tales of woes instead of testimonies of triumph? God answers these questions in the proclamation of prophet Micah to the people of Judah in our passage for meditation today. With the whole people given to corruption, from the leadership to the led, the priests, the prophets and the people, there was no way the heavens could pay attention to them. In fact, God resolved to deal with them as they had behaved contrarily towards Him. It was very sad that everyone was caught up in the corruption and rebellion that ravaged the land. The priests and prophets who should have turned the people to the right path became themselves very corrupt. They lied to the people, took advantage of their miserable conditions to exploit and milk them dry. It is not the number of prophets that roam the streets that matters. It is not the number of churches that counts either. It is not our proud claim of religious piety. As prophets and priests of God, we must ensure that we are true to our calling. Preach the truth without fear or favour. We must truly follow the Lord and refuse to give support to those who lie in His name, claiming they are prophets. These we must do if we want God to hear us when we cry to Him.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The heavens will remain silent to those who turn their backs against God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:EXODUS 8 – 11

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