With what shall I come to the Lord
And bow myself before the God on high?
Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves?
Does the Lord take delight in thousands of rams,
In ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:6-8 NASB
We spend a lot of time in the Christian faith pretending we don’t know what we ought to do.
Seriously, people are always saying they don’t know God’s will for their life, as if that’s an acceptable excuse for not moving forward in the intersection of their faith and their life practice. If I don’t know exactly what God WANTS me to do, I can just continue doing what I’m doing now until He writes something on the wall in blood, or speaks to me with a disembodied voice or some other supernatural transmission of His will to us.
And, it’s true that we may not know EVERYTHING He wants us to do at the very moment, but our inactivity is rarely driven by that lack of knowledge so much as an unwillingness to do the things we already DO know He wants from us.
That’s why I love this Scriptural passage. Like many of the Old Testament prophets, Micah is speaking out against checking the box in worship, that is, going through the motions that seem easy as opposed to really moving forward in our lives.
Do you want to know God’s future will for your life?
Then get to work on the things you already know.
Micah notes in verse 8 three important steps.
To do justice.
To love kindness.
To walk humbly before your God.
There have to be a thousand ways you could apply those three pieces of direction in your life TODAY. It’s not rocket science. Look around you.
Is there injustice? Take a stand against it, in God’s name. If you don’t do it perfectly, He’ll see your heart and assist you.
Are there people in need of kindness? Fulfill that need, insofar as it’s applicable for you to step in and represent God. If you aren’t exactly perfect in doing it. He’ll know your heart and make your efforts worthwhile.
And, the last one ought to already be your everyday marching order.
Get to work. Somewhere in that effort, you’ll see the hand of God and understand His voice in a way you’d have never expected.
Always praying for you,
Your Older Brother,