South Bloomfield United Methodist Church
Pastor's Blog
Be Still and Know That "I AM"

There something special about the Old Testament.  Yes, you may say, "It's the Bible!"  Of course that is true.  As new covenant believers, we focus our passion on the sacrifice and redemption afforded us by Jesus the Christ.  The "specialness" (is that a word?) I am talking about is the poetry, wisdom and history of the scriptures written hundreds of years before the baby Jesus came to save us.  Each time I quiet my mind and read from the ancient words, I receive new blessings. 
Tonight my inspiration came from an obscure prophet many of you have not heard of-----Micah.  This faithful man lived 700 years before the Magi left to visit the new born King.  He correctly predicted the birth place of Jesus in the town of Bethlehem.  Seven hundred years before Mary conceived her baby!  Does anyone else find that AWESOME?  One scripture from his inspired pen was from the 6th chapter verse 8---- 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;  what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?     
I have been humbled this evening by those words.  God has shown me what is good.  He has laid that on my heart.  He has laid this on your heart as well.  Are you like me and find that I have not always shown the mercy to others that I hope to receive when I stumble?  Maybe we agree that we do not always walk with God,, let alone be humble in His presence.  Could it be that we have become complacent Disciples and fallen away from our first love?  How many times, I ask myself, have I neglected a Holy God and selfishly sought pleasure in other things.  How many times have I broken away from prayer because of a cell phone ring, submitted to a wandering mind, or tended to a chore which I considered more important than the creator of the universe.
I almost finished.  Another special scripture from the Old Testament is convicting to me.  It comes to us from a book folks do not turn to often--- 2 Chronicles 7:14.  It reads like this:
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Can you imagine? If we would present ourselves in regular worship, walk humbly with the Lord and pray with passion, I am convinced that God would do mighty things in our community!
Why don't we?
Pastor Floyd.

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