Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as a priest.”
It is often said that there is nothing new under the sun, that history has a tendency to repeat itself. This was illustrated well in my scripture reading this morning, in the story of Micah. He lived after the death of Samson, in a time when people had turned away from God doing things their own way. People served their own selfish purposes, in the story of Micah all was done for his own gratification rather than serving God. As I read this it occurred to me that Micah isn’t all that different to many folk in the 21st Century today.
People follow their own idols, and even stoop to treating God like a mere idol to appease. That is what Micah does by hiring a Levite priest, thinking he can please God and gain His favour. People today do exactly this by decorating their homes with religious statues, crosses or Bibles. They cling to silver crosses and St.Christopher pendants, give to charity, maybe even attend church occasionally. These things impress those around us but will not impress God, who is only interested in the condition of our heart. ( 1 Samuel 16:7, Luke 16:15, Proverbs 21:2).
Rather than seeking the stuff of this world, which will degrade with age Almighty God would have us seek Him in our lives. He rewards those who revere Him, “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness.” (Psalm 33:18). Father God does not hide from those who seek Him sincerely, “you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Dear reader, let us learn from the story of Micah. Our Father God does not want to be an extra, He wants to be our everything! He wants our full measure of love and worship in our daily life. Only a life 100% surrendered to God will prosper in the Glory of His provision.