Week beginning: 20th July, 2014
By Gerard Chrispin | Farnham
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?"Micah 6:8 (NKJV)
Whether working through a legal problem, a business strategy, or a Bible passage it is wise to ask yourself 'What is the main thing here?' Determining early on the 'big picture' avoids getting bogged down in the details.
God's required tri-partite 'main thing' is to 'do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God'. It is, of course, 'good'! It is good for you to do it, and good for others that you do it.
Note the word, 'your'. Unless God is 'your God', through your knowing Jesus personally as your Lord and Saviour, you cannot begin to meet His requirement. You probably won't even want to!
If you know Him, you will aim to 'do justly' in obedience to His word, the Bible. You will love God's forgiving and restoring mercy. As you aim to "do justly" you will, at times, experience failure. This will ensure that you love His mercy! You will come to love that mercy to you so much that being merciful to others will follow. His mercy also will accentuate your sense of your need for His grace and thus enable you to 'walk humbly with your God'.
If God says this is the thing He requires of you today, what can be more important?
1) Do I have any unjust failures to repent of and put right now?
2) As a recipient of mercy, to whom should I show mercy today?
3) What opening will there be today for me to walk 'humbly with my God' when I could be tempted to be boastful?