READ: Micah 7:1-7 (esp. v5-6)
- These “commands” may not feel like additional consequences, but in reality they are. Think about it; is it not a consequence of a broken world that you can’t “trust a neighbor” or “have confidence in a friend”? What else would you call such problems as family arising against others in the family?
- It’s clearly a broken world turned in upon itself when these statements characterize our world. These are the results you would expect when relationships are not built with people of character. These are the consequences of allowing the world to dictate what our character should be, then building our relationships on those faulty foundations.
- It shouldn’t surprise any of us that we will see more and more of this dysfunction the further we get from building relationships that are centered on the presence of God and His Word. If “wisdom is our compass”, then we must get back to rebuilding personal relationships with God, rebuilding familial relationships based in God’s Word, and rebuilding friendships where people of character become our most intimate friends. Without that, our social society continues to devolve.
- How closely do you believe our culture comes to fitting this description?
- Relate incidents where you’ve seen these consequences come to fruition.
- Determine that you are going to live so your life stems the tide of dysfunction.
PRAY: Ask God to help us turn our world around. Pray (again) that Madison Park can be light and salt in a broken world. Thank God for His patience and grace.