Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read Micah 2: 6 - 11
The book of Micah is well-known for the verses Micah 4: 3, Micah 5:2; 4, and Micah 6:8. The passage for today’s devotional is not well known but still important. The passage describes prophets who were telling people what they wanted to hear instead of what they needed to hear. The reason the Prophets would prophesy good news is because they would be rewarded for their positive prophecies. However, these positive prophecies were not doing the people any good. I think we are tempted, in a way, to act in the same way. We like to hear positive and uplifting messages. But sometimes we need to hear the difficult truth from God and others. Sometimes we need true prophets who will give us the unvarnished truth even if we don’t like it. I once heard that the definition of a true friend is someone who loves you enough to tell you the truth.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
Why are false prophets so popular? Do you have any false prophets in your life?
When has someone given you the unvarnished truth? How did you feel about the person at the time? How do you feel about them now?
How do you feel about the definition of a true friend in the last line of the paragraph above? According to that definition how many true friends do you have?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, I confess that I often want to hear words that affirm me instead of words that challenge me. Lord, grant me the wisdom to receive difficult words from people who truly want to help me. Help me Lord, to distance myself from false prophets. Show me the truth about my life, my relationships with others and my relationship with you so that I may be a more effective servant for you. Amen.