And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
~ Micah 6:8
I’ve claimed that many times. Lord, please just tell me what you want from me. I’ll do anything, just tell me! The thing is; He has. He has told us in black and white. He has even taken it further and told us over and over through the prompting of the spirit within us, but we still ignore Him.
Micah 6 is a great example of this. God had done so many wonderfully miraculous things for Israel, but they still were not listening to Him. He sets out a list of His complaints against them and what is their response? “What do you want from me God?” Israel has been told numerous times what God expects from them. Yet they still had to ask. Are you like this? I know I have been.
Nevertheless, God tells them what He expects again. “Act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” The Lord wants us to “act justly,” to seek righteousness in all that we do; behave in a way that is appropriate to the justice of God. Not seeking to require Him to pour out His justice against our actions. We are to make sure that the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts and the actions of our hands are pleasing to God rather than offensive to His nature of justice.
We are to “love mercy.” Mercy is what we hope to receive from others when we have wronged them. We seek mercy when we should be rebuked or punished. Therefore to be instructed to “love mercy” would not be in relation to one’s own receiving of mercy, for it is natural to love that type of mercy; that would require no instruction. We are to love mercy in that we love to express mercy. Do you actively seek to forgive and aide those that injure or wrong you? I know that is not my first reaction, but God instructs us to love mercy. We are to seek to aid, enable and love others, especially those that deal with us unkindly. Why? Because Christ tells us to love our enemies and pray for them (Matt 5:44), and because we seek to serve God as He instructs us to “love mercy.”
We are to “walk humbly with our God.” To be humble is to have humility. To walk with humility with our God is to interact with God in a way that recognizes His greatness. Philippians 2:3-8 tells us that humility is to think of others as better than one’s self. Check this out: “[Christ] who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” In your relationships with one another, we should have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. We should not strive for what we feel we are owed but rather treat others as though they are better than ourselves.
We should have the same attitude when it comes to our relationship with God. Christ, who was God, did not hang His status above our heads, but rather came down to our level to die for us. Therefore if God, Himself, humbled Himself, we who are so much less than God should humble ourselves before God. We should recognize how much greater He is than us and remain conscious of that in our interactions with Him. Presuming to know better than He, is an act of arrogance rather than humility. Present yourself humbly before God and walk with Him every day of your life. Allow Him to lead you. In your walk through life, walk humbly with God; keep Him with you and allow Him to determine the direction of the walk and the pace at which the walk is to go.
Lord what do I do? What do you want from me? “Act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with your God!”