It only takes one or two things

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Lenten Reflection on Micah 1

When I was younger one of my great joys was reading Dr. Seuss books. I absolutely loved to read and spent quite a bit of time reading those books. One of my favorite books was “Cat in the Hat.”  It was a story of controlled chaos and those that know me can understand my affinity for the book.

For those that don’t know the book, shame on you, but let me tell you about two of the characters. The Cat in the Hat brings a couple friends with him Thing 1 and Thing 2 and wherever they are there is mischief and destruction. It is fun to read but within the story is a powerful message; all it takes is one or two things to bring you down.

The Book of Micah starts with a list of three kings that rules during the time of the prophet. One of those kings is Jotham. We are told in 2 Kings 34 that Jotham did what was right in the sight of the Lord. Sounds great, right?

But there is just one thing

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Jotham apparently did not destroy the pagan shrines and the people continued to offer sacrifices there. One thing, one silly little thing. Yet, it had far reaching repercussions. The one thing continued to keep people’s focus away from God. It allowed people to focus on themselves instead of God’s word. Instead of doing things that God had called them to do such as care for the widow and orphans they went their own way.

The reality is we all have a Thing 1 or Thing 2 in our life. These are things that dominate our time and take our attention away from what is  important. The question is can you identify those things and also deal with those things? It is only in dealing with our very own Thing 1 and Thing 2 that we can focus in on God’s call on our life.

 

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