Micah was not a judge, and his story does not chronicle God’s intervention in the lives of his people as do the stories of the judges. Instead, Micah’s story illustrates what the spiritual atmosphere was like at the time. “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6 ESV). All around the world today there are those who only know the LORD as one god among many. They think that he responds to manipulation, like the other gods do. They think that if they just hire themselves a priest, then the LORD will bless them.
Christians teach salvation by grace, which cuts both ways. God intervenes in the lives of believers and saves by grace. Blessings also come by grace, and not through an elaborate system of merit. Those who think otherwise are as deluded as Micah was.
LORD, open our eyes to the reality of your sovereignty. We repent of our attempts to manipulate you.