Wednesday’s E-Meditation November 1, 2006
Scripture Memory Verse: “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother"(Matthew 12:50).
What Does The LORD Require Of You?
Pastor David L. Burns
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. 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).
When I was very young, I was climbing a tree with my older brother. I asked my brother, “What does God really require of us?” I’m sure it was a bit more unpolished than that but essentially that was what I asked him. He said to me, “All you have to do is love the LORD. The rest will fall into place.”
I’ll never forget that day and the Spiritual significance of that moment. What sounded too simple, too easy would become my goal and calling in life. Sure, I’m called to preach and teach. Sure I’m called to work hard and provide for my wife and children. Sure, I’m called to care for my Christian family and those in need. But my number one calling is to love the LORD. It’s your main calling too!
Micah 6:8 says, “And what does the LORD require of you?”
It is simple and simply stated: To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Too easy? Actually, it will be the hardest thing we’ll ever do.
Have you been acting justly? Seriously, are you a man or woman of justice? Or do you muscle, push and bully your way around so you can get your own justice? Maybe you are on the pursuit of injustice right now. Are you making life unbearable for someone else, dogging them, hounding them, and ridiculing them? Why? What for? Hey, let me give you some good advice: BACK OFF! Leave them alone. Walk away. If you can’t, then pride has overcome you and you have allowed the devil to convince you that vengeance is yours. But it is not. Vengeance is the LORD’S. After all, you don’t make a good judge compared to the LORD. Leave it in the LORD’S hands. Let the LORD be the judge. Act justly. Until you do you will not be able to do what the Scripture says next: LOVE MERCY.
We love to receive mercy, but do we love to administer mercy. Instead of getting even and taking revenge, what about simply extending mercy? The Bible says, “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” (James 2:12-13).
Mercy triumphs over judgment!
Next the Scripture from Micah says we are to walk humbly with our God! “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Whenever I’m worried or fearful about something, it is because I am not walking humbly with my God. Instead, I’m trying to do it myself. Knowing my own shortcomings, I sure worry when I’m in charge. But, oh, when I humble myself and allow the LORD to provide, I can cast all my anxiety on him because He cares for me and He cares for you!
Can I be real candid? Okay so you’re a church-goer. Big deal. So you sing in the choir. Alright, good for you. So you sit on a committee and make decisions at church (insert the sound of me yawning). You’re a big hero because you teach the children, maybe help with children’s church or teach Sunday school. Maybe you’re a big-shot church board member and you police wrongful activities around the church, handing out tickets in the form of admonishments when the church kids leave a mess. Aren’t you special and to be admired. So you participate in the women’s bible studies and sip tea and snack on treats and you can quote the seven principles of being a successful Christian woman. Or you’re part of a men’s ministry. Friend, these are the easy things to do, and I don’t believe they impress God all that much. What does impress God? What does the LORD require of us?
“To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending us Your Son, Jesus, to set us free, free from sin and free from ourselves. May we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, AMEN!
Re-arranging my life for Christ,
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