October 8: God’s Requirements

Read Micah 6:1-16

Today, you have jury duty.  You are invited into the courtroom where you will hear a case pleaded.  On trial are the disobedient people of God from Judah.  They have repeatedly ignored the loving appeals of their heavenly Father.

Together with you in the courtroom, hearing the same exchange of indictment and defense, are the hills and mountains (vv. 1, 2).  After all, Mt. Sinai had been witness to the giving of the law.  Mt. Carmel could bear testimony to the power of God over Baal.

Still, God’s people had gone their own way.  Speaking on behalf of their loving God, the prophet Micah reminded them of God’s faithful deliverance from bondage in Egypt (vv. 3-5).  He had faithfully and lovingly cared for them.  Unfortunately, His people had not responded with faithfulness.

Next, the people of God respond from the witness stand (vv. 6, 7).  Although they seem to recognize the error of their ways, they seem to struggle to know exactly what God wants of them.  Could it be that He wants more sacrifices?  Could it be that He is looking for great acts of penance or sacrificial statements of repentance?

Do you know what it looks like to please God?  Indeed, repentance is often a necessary step for each one of us who is prone to wander.  But 1 John 1:9 tells us that the confession of sin is all that is necessary.  When we confess, the slate of accusations against us is wiped clean because of the sacrifice of Jesus.  What next?  What does it look like to please God on a day to day basis?  More than not causing Him to frown, what is it that causes Him to smile?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.  (v. 8)

He desires lives characterized by justice rather than deception or taking advantage of others.  He is pleased when you prefer mercy over revenge.  He loves it when you seek to walk with Him daily in humility, not in pride.

It’s not all that complicated, but it does require daily attention.


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