As a recovering addict myself, I know well what it is like to be confronted by people who love me. In this week’s Old Testament reading, Israel has hit rock-bottom in her addiction to evil, and the Triune God and Micah stage an intervention together. Papa is no codependent enabler, because God is love after all—tough love. With the mountains themselves as witnesses (Micah 6.1-2), Papa recounts her kind and patient behavior toward Israel (6.4-5). She articulates her desire for her recovery and healing (6.8), voices her feelings of frustration (6.3) at how Israel seems to think that her extravagant apologies make it okay for her to continue in her addictive pattern (6.6-7).
Papa is speaking the truth here because the truth is the only thing that can set Israel free. The supreme blessing of rock-bottom is the clarity of vision—the epiphany—it can bring. If Israel can see her situation clearly, she may come to recognize how unmanageable her life has become and how powerless she is to change it. And if she can see that, she may finally be able to accept the help of the One who knows the path of her healing.
(The Shack Bible Lectionary – Epiphany 4, Year A)