Truth or Tale?

Bible Reading: Micah 1; 2 - Listen

"'Don't say such things,' the people say. 'Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.' Is that the right reply for you to make, O House of Jacob? Do you think the Spirit of the Lord likes to talk to you so roughly? No! His threats are for your good, to get you on the path again.... If a liar and deceiver comes and says, 'I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,' he would be just the prophet for this people!" (2:6, 7, 11 NIV, LB)

Do I prefer a happy tale or the honest truth? Would I rather smile and pretend everything's "just fine", or persistently work through conflict and trouble? Do I want a church that always makes me feel good, promising health and wealth ("plenty of wine and beer!" 2:11), or one that teaches me how to apply God's practical truth to my life every day, encouraging me to know and love him more deeply? Do I seek God's instruction, even if it means I might need to change, or do I seek only his stamp of approval? Do I wish for a God who would grant all my requests and shower me with blessings, or will I love a God who deepens and refines me by leading me through suffering, ...who cares enough to discipline me when I disobey?

May I remember that God's discipline is for my benefit, not for his pleasure ...that his purpose is not to angrily punish me for doing wrong, but to lovingly teach me to do right. Whenever I head toward a detour of destruction, may I heed God's warning and get back on his heavenly highway. May I always prefer his truth, proclaim his love and pursue his path.