Reading: Micah 6: 6-8
The first five verses of Micah 6 bring God’s charges against Israel. God has laid out His case. In verses six and seven, Micah gets in the act. He muses about what would appease God, about what would be enough to ‘even the score’. Micah wonders if a thousand rams would be enough. Or maybe 10,000 rivers of oil would do the trick. He next wonders if maybe the firstborn child being sacrificed would do the trick. Just as Micah knew, we too know. It is not about our sacrifices or our giving or about anything else we can do; it is all about our personal relationship with God. So Micah gets direct and is right on point. Micah asks what does God require of us? Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God. For Christians today, in Jesus’ life and witness we see meaning and an example of how to fulfill these three requirements.
We are to act justly. Most simply put, this is to love neighbor as self. This means to do what is right in all cases. This means we speak up when others are being wronged. This means we hold each other accountable. Of course to do all of these things, our heart must be right with God. We confess and repent when we sin, we accept rebuke when needed, we work to always align our will with God’s will.
We are to love mercy. This means we extend ‘loving neighbor as self’ to really be loving others as Jesus first loved us. On the cross we find what loving mercy really means. To love mercy means to accept others as they are. This is how Jesus dealt with all He met. So we must forgive others when they wrong us, whether they deserve it or not. We walk alongside and love those in need. We choose to adopt and follow policies and stances that seek to promote the well-being of the entire community.
We are to walk humbly with our God. This begins by surrendering our lives to God, by living each day with Christ as our Lord. This means seeking and allowing God to guide our actions, thoughts, words, and deeds. This is giving God the control and being obedient to humbly walk where God leads.
“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”. May it be so today and every day.