I’ve been reading the book of Micah in my morning Bible time lately. Yesterday I was struck by a passage that really intrigued me. The sixth chapter opens with God lamenting the behavior of His people. Then, in verses 13-16, God says He will make them sick because of their sins, they will eat and not be satisfied, will be hungry, the olives they tread will not give them oil, the wine they make will not be drunk, they will become a desolation.
I thought, “What is God saying here?” So I went to the commentary and it said, God has so made us that there is no lasting pleasure apart from living righteously.
I don’t know about you, but living righteously in our culture takes a lot of commitment for me. If you follow the news, surf the internet, or pick up on television programming, you know there’s a whole lot of unrighteous living going on. Everywhere you turn, society seems to be walking away from values God has called us to in His word. Marriage is attacked, children are born of parents not wed, people are throwing away their lives on more potent drugs, trying to reach that ultimate high. Insatiable appetites drive people to more dangerous living, desperate in their search for more of whatever it is they seek. If their faces are any indication, their quest has left them empty and hollow.
In the meantime, society suffers in the wake of all this sin. Innocents are harmed, robbed or neglected, caught in the paths of those seeking more. Many of us, myself included, wonder where it will end. This isn’t the world I grew up in.
But God knows. We will have no lasting peace living outside of His design. Our heart’s desire will never be fulfilled until that need is filtered through God’s plan for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 is often quoted. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will call upon Me, will go and pray to Me and I will listen. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Who could ask for anything more than this?