(April 3, 2015)
There were two thoughts that struck me powerfully as I read through this section. The first was on Micah’s words as to what the Lord requires of us. If we do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly, that would be enough. Put in another set of words (paraphrasing Nibley), the things we can do which angels envy is to repent (do justly) and forgive (love mercy). Then, when we repent and forgive, we can choose to give our will over to God and allow Him to make of us what He will.
The second thought was just how wonderful the conclusion of Micah was. The promises made, that the Lord would not cast us off, and the understanding that Micah evidences are powerful. Micah understands that whatever bad happens to us, we cannot be hostile to God as a result because we have all sinned before Him (the distinction is not between those who sin and those who do not, but rather between those who repent and those who do not). He knows that it is the Lord who can make him both clean and whole, and knows that He will do so in His own time. The conclusion of this book was simply powerful.