Church of the Open Door


12/22: Answer for Peace: by Dr. Glenn Jago

Answer for Peace

Micah 6:1-8

In Luke 18, Jesus told a parable about two men who entered into the temple to pray; one believed he had the answer for peace while the other did not. The twist to the parable is that the confident one left without peace, while the insecure went out with peace. We can parade our opinions to others with unfettered certitude, but only God determines the perfect means for living in tranquility. Infomercials may try to pump out answers for life’s dilemma’s, people can attempt to offer all the best plans for discovering a sense of satisfaction, and churches can promote the latest gimmicks for the happy life, but if God’s authority is missing, it will never generate any solution beyond a temporal emotion.

Israel thought they had all the remedies for their problems until Micah delivered the Lord’s arguments. The Lord called Israel to debate and defend themselves, as in a courtroom, against the Lord’s accusations.  In sarcasm, the Lord asked Israel to evaluate His actions toward them to determine if there were good reasons for their weariness with Him. Israel practiced honoring the Lord with their lips without a heart passion for the Lord (Isa. 29:13). They had a mind only for pleasing self with a minimal service to God.

Today, we have a choice to make. We can pursue our preconceived solutions, external rituals, control or relinquish our wills to the will of God. He determines the answer to every issue of life. We need to listen to God’s insight and in response, begin making biblical investments into our life.

Insight:

  1. God declares His indictment – Micah 6:1-5
  2. God determines His intention – Micah 6:6-8; Deut. 6:5

Investment:

  1. The pursuit of passions defines actions – Hebrews 11:25; Isa. 26:9
  2. The ponderings of the mind determine the aftereffects – Col. 3:2; Prov. 7:24-27

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