“The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.” Micah 6:9, KJV
“The voice of the Lord calls to the city, and the wise person honors him. So pay attention to the rod of punishment; pay attention to the One who threatens to punish.” Micah 6:9, NCV
There is necessary train of thought we all must board. It involves traveling to a destination that we deep-down, absolutely abhor. It is that idea that we are open and vulnerable, especially to his analysis of us–that we are more open than we think to His eyes.
We’ve entered into a spiritual transaction that doesn’t mollify our personal desires. We are confronted by such a personal evil that just seems to percolate out of our hearts. There exists something akin to “Pharaseeism,” where we project righteousness when we are really graves or tombs of the dead.
Micah announces that we must “hear the rod.” Pay attention, become aware, understand deeply– there is a rod (a whip) that pounds everyone who comes to him. Granted, the only thing necessary is to be aware that this difficult process exist. We step up, and enter the grinder, with great fear, not really convinced of its efficiency and its capability.
There is no question of his deep and profound love for us. He is fanatically absorbed in you. There is a hungry passion for your attention and focus. You are behind his shield. You’re treasured far, far beyond what you think. He sacrificed His own Son, to save your soul.
“Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.” 1 Cor. 15:23, ESV.
There is a mandatory factor that informs us that we cannot continue moving through life intoxicated. Smashed on the wine of pride, stupefied on the brandy of selfishness. We are called to sober up, and start living a truly terrific Christian life. In Micah’s words– to listen! Perhaps that is our greatest weakness in the Church today. We have become deaf to the voice of God.
I guess that means we must make some adjustments. To take up our Phillips screwdriver, and start ‘tweaking.’ We need to start the solid work of “tuning in” and becoming aware. There is a rod, and the Father will use it on those who he loves. A few whops from that rod will usually bring us to an awareness.