And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done. – 2 Chronicles 29:2
I’m old enough now that I’ve lived through the presidencies of quite a few presidents. Some presidents, based on how they ran our country, seemed to be closer to God than others.
The first president I remember as a child was Ronald Regan….yes, I’m an 80’s kid. I can still remember watching him give a speech to the American public one evening on my grandparent’s turn knob TV as I slept over at their house. That night, as my grandma was putting me to bed, I vividly remember her telling me, “Angela, you always need to pray for our presidents. It is very important that we pray for them, for their protection and for God to grant them wisdom in leading our country.” I’m not sure why that brief conversation made such an impact on me, but it did.
Micah starts out giving us a lot of important information. First, he mentions that what he is about to share is from God, he is just the messenger. Then he goes on to share where he is from and the three kings who reigned during his years as an Old Testament prophet in the 8th century B.C. We learn that Micah is from a farming community. This is important information to know as we read further into the book of Micah. Later on, we will see that the practices of the wealthier members of Micah’s community, as well as in Judah and Israel, were hurting those who were less fortunate.
The three kings Micah mentions were also very different from one another…
Jotham (750–735) was more or less indifferent towards God. He went through the religious rituals to keep up appearances, but his heart wasn’t in it. Ahaz (735–715) on the other hand was VERY evil. He wasn’t indifferent like Jotham, he was blatantly defiant against God. Hezekiah (715–686) was the exact opposite. He loved God and worked to restore his people back to God.
Reading about each of these three kings reminds me of the wisdom my grandma shared with me so many years ago: we need to pray for our leaders. No matter if we are living through the reign of a “Jotham,” “Ahaz,” or “Hezekiah” we need to pray for them and choose to live our lives in a way that brings honor to God…just like Micah. We are called to fight against the oppression of our day and instead live – as Micah calls us to – by extending kindness, granting justice, and walking humbly with God.
Never forget God is sovereign and at work during the reigns of kings who love Him and those who do not…God is Lord over ALL!
Week 1 Challenge: Pass my grandma’s wisdom on to those in your life. Take time this week to pray for our president and those who lead our country, states, and communities. We need to teach the younger generations the importance of their prayers.
Let’s Talk: Do you intentionally pray for the leaders of our country and in your life? Were you taught this as a child?
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